Dave Harte writes: Now that my daughter runs for BRAT, the summer is punctuated with track meetings. Worcester Open Meet was a chance for her to take a few seconds off her 800m PB and a chance for me to participate in my first ever track event.
I’m not quite sure what possessed me to be honest given the poor form I’m in at the moment. I think it was partly because the distance (3000m) was a new one to me although I was actually hoping it was a 3000m steeplechase, an event I love to watch and have long wanted to run.
Alas this was a straight 3000m run with 16 of us, from juniors to seniors, lining up together for the seven and a half laps.
We started cleanly and the field stayed together for about half a lap before it settled down into three group: senior males at the front, teenage girls plus me and a young lad in the middle, another group of juniors behind.
It became clear that I couldn’t keep up with the teenagers so I settled back just determined to run a 3:40ish/km pace.
I was lapped by the senior men (the winner came home in 9:20) but I managed to hold off the group behind me to finish 10th out of the 13 who completed the distance.
My time was 11:23 which I’m really pleased with. The meet was really well-organised and as long as my daughter keeps up her track work then I think I will too.