Weston Creek Fun Run 6km, 16th October 2005.
Yes, I pre-registered, by posting a cheque and entry form on 10th September. Now that is early. And had a lot of printed entry forms to give to the lunchtime running groups around Canberra.
About two days prior to the Event, I got a message saying I had been allocated chest number 1 (one). I replied with the indication that I was comfortable with the allocation.
It certainly made picking up the number at the pre-registration table, a very easy and quick task.
Before the event, I caught up with Carolyne K and Mick C to ask about their experiences in the Fitzroy Falls Marathon on the previous day, and Nick B went in the 10km event.
Then the usual antics of collecting race number, giving the timing equipment and starting pistol to Robbie C. Having a chat to various others waiting for the start.
Then to the Loo about 5 minutes before start time, and get back to find nobody near the rego areas. They had all disappeared down the track to the starting line.
Caught a glimpse of the lead cyclist, Robbie C and Mick C walking down the track, so followed them, but was not the last to arrive at the start as Robbie C was giving a bit of a spiel about the course.
Two caps in the starting pistol ensured we heard the gun, then we were off, in the middle of the pack, or more towards the back.
Beryl W and Kim N, were two of the Jogalong ladies I started with, and edged past after the finish line the first time, at the first little rise, then speeded up to catch a young lady with an MP3 player, and said I would have to get one to help me run faster. Then Mark W came striding past (he won the Race Walker category).
I caught Maria W just before the first underpass.
After 1km I decided to put the foot down a little, and caught Mark W and Linda M at the 2km marker, just after saying to them that we had nearly reached 2km.
Forerunner Man was on his mettle today, and paying attention to the goings on.
The run across from 2km to 3km was past the sports grounds where the young ladies were playing basketball, and those who were not in action were lining the track and high fiving Friar as he went past. There were a couple of young lads, so I guess they were the brothers of some of the young ladies.
Just after Trevs’ and Ian L’ drink station I caught a young fella, who immediately tried to put his foot down, and stay in front of me.
I told him to take it easy with another 2.5km to go.
Then caught Jamie M (the winner of the BBQ in the barrel draw), and passed him with just over 1.5km to go.
Another guy ran beside me for a while, he had done about 30 second faster than me in the Canberra Times, so we were set to have a real go towards the end, where he pulled away by about 5 seconds.
Good to see the Sweeney Clan around the 5km area doing marshalling duties, also good to see the Weston Creek Club members helping in the organization and running of the event.
Weston Creek is renowned for the amount and range of barrel draws at their fun run, and this year was no exception.
Then the awards were made to the category winners, ably worked out by Mick C, with help from Russell M and Debbie C.
Home by 12 noon for Bacon and Egg lunch.
Filled out the Certificate, and had a look at the splits, as follows:-
6:13, 5:52, 5:44, 5:24, 5:20, 5:45.
Yes the last km was a sloping uphill finish, but felt comfortable all the way.
Until Next Time