The Northants county 3k championship is help as part of the Corby open meeting and this was the 4th year running that I have races it. In the previous 3 year I have been 4th on all 3 occasions some have not done any specific track work the sole aim was to this time get on the podium to add to my county medal haul.
The competition has been very strong in previous years and I’d either not taken the event oo seriously by running an 800m race 10 minutes before hand, which I did the first 2 year or just had a bad run as I did in 2013. Although I was much less prepared this year I felt the field wasn’t as tasty and if I ran anywhere near my capabilities I should be able to achieve my target.
We started fairly slowly with my PJR and R&N team mate and athlete I coach, Peter Currington taking up the early running before known front runner Stuart Nelson, an ex team mate of mine who now runs for Wellingborough, pushed the pace on in his attempt to controls the race.
It wasn’t majorly quick at all but I wasn’t feeling too comfortable and felt I was just hanging on rather than being in controls of my pace but I continued to do this until about 5 laps in when a gap began to open.
I finished as strongly as I could but the sharpness just wasn’t in my legs to mount any sort of a challenge on Stuart due to speed work taking a back seat in my training for a good while now but I had done enough to pick up a silver medal with a was happy enough with in the circumstances.
I’m not sure how many more times I will venture on to the track this year but it’s one county gold and one silver from my 2 outings so far which is pleasing.