With so much that has happened it seems quite hard to believe that 12 months has passed & we are once again underway in another 5K race series in Todmorden park. The usual 4 race format has once again been adopted with prizes awarded for series overall winners and prizes for the runners with the most improved times over the series, with 3 races needed to count.
After listening to your feedback we decided to slightly tweak the course to give 5 equal laps of 0.96 km with a final straight blast into the centre of the park which not only creates a better finish funnel area but also keeps the race route free from runners impeding people who have not yet finished.
"New Finish Area"
74 runners headed for the start line in race 1, which took place last Thursday 26th June. A significant increase on the 47 that ran the fledgling event last year! It was good to see faces a plenty both old and new with a good uptake of people opting to enter the complete series of 4 races.
We advertise these race as 'Fast & Flat' & 'A Good PB Course' and this race was no exception to the rule with 8 runners coming home in under 17 minutes and a new course record time of 15:50 taking the win for Nathaniel Williams - An unattached runner! There was a good battle for second between Max Wharton (16:15) of Halifax Harriers and Alex Whittem (16:19) of CVFR.
Onto the ladies and Cannonball regular Laura Hesketh of Blackburn Harriers romped home in 19:14 to take the honours ahead of Autumn Howard (19:52) who won the finish straight battle of the bloggers and forced Salford Harrier Annabeth Orton (19:54) into third place.
It was great to hear lots of talk of 'seasons best' and 'PB's' around the finish area and also the genuine sense of running community with so many runners waiting back for the tail enders to finish their runs before heading over to the Hare & Hounds for prizegiving.
The next race on Thursday July 10th is also incorporated into the Burnley & Pendle GP and as a result we are expecting a larger than usual field to be competing. With this in mind we are upgrading our usual timing method for this race & will be using timing mats which will be able to record each runners lap splits. Pre entry is advisable as we expect to be busy & this will help us massively with number issuing etc....
As always, a massive thankyou to all the help on the day - we even have people who help us out with registration & results who manage to run the races as well!
Enjoy your running!