BMC Grand Prix, Solihull – 1500m A race – 4.16.67
Video via Athleticos – http://www.athleticos.org/coverage/250755-2013-British-Milers-Club-Solihull-Grand-Prix/video/710434-Womens-1500m-A (I’m in a yellow BMC vest)
BMC results / report – http://www.britishmilersclub.com/content/bmcitemdisplay.aspx?itemid=884
What a difference a couple of days makes… on Wednesday I was gutted to be way off my 5k pb… but on Saturday I was thrilled to smash my 1500m pb, and breaking the 4.20 barrier…
Once again Mike Baxter kindly offered to drive me over with Claire Duck, which was brilliant. As ever Mike was full of good advice… the crux of it being not to set off like loonies.
The BMC set up is really fantastic. So great in fact that their races are always attended by overseas athletes (there were 2x Swiss and 2x Swedish athletes in my race). The races are unique in the fact that they attract top level athletes, most of whom are chasing times rather than a title. Pacemakers are provided for every race, with the pace being asked for in advance by the top athletes in each event (seeded according to pb’s/form). Basically the BMC breeds great middle distance runners, allowing them a safe competitive environment to run fast in.
Once at Solihull Claire and I got our numbers, watched a few races, warmed up, did some strides and lined up at the start. I think Claire was especially nervous – as this was her first track race of the season, combined with the fact that she has had some amazing results off the track (great XC results, road relay result and 16.20 5k). I was a little less nervous, as after my bad race on Wednesday and late night Friday I wasn’t really expecting much.
At the gun all the tension seemed to disappear. The pace (set at 66sec / 2.13) was a little slow (more like 67/2.15), which really suited me (and probably the majority of the field). After a lap or so gaps began to emerge, mainly between Charlene Thomas / Mellissa Courtney and the rest of the runners. Unusually for my mentality, I heeded Mike’s words of wisdom, and sat back keeping an even pace (instead of chasing after the leaders and ‘paying the price’). Coming into the last lap this self control seemed to pay off, as I stuck in behind Montana Jones who sped up down the back straight, came past her with 150m to go, and sailed down the final 100m feeling good and completely surprised to find myself in 2nd behind clear winner Charlene Thomas (4.14.38). Claire also smashed her pb, finishing 6th in 4.21.27. Hopefully there is a lot more to come from both of us this season….
On Sunday, Claire, Zack and I went for a lovely jog on the Chevin… followed by a cafe stop, trip to the cinema to see ‘Fast and Furious 6’ (cheese-fest) and tapas at ‘Dos Amigos’.
Today my legs feel great, ready for a lunchtime run, body bar and a sports massage from the Ewok.
Next up = Yorkshire Track Champs this weekend