Yate & District Athletic Club made us very welcome for the second running of the Night of the Fast 5,000s on Saturday 23rrd June 2018 when great weather and terrific pace-making made for seven excellent races. A great team of volunteers meant that every race started on time and there was great support from the spectators and fellow runners as each race unfolded.
First off at 6.00 p.m. was the ‘G’ race with athletes targeting 22 minutes and 20 minutes 30 seconds. Josh MOODY and Ellen HARRISON did a great pace-making job with Derek DaSILVA first home in 20:47.34,Nicole OLDROYD was second in 21:22.61, with Stewart WAREING third in 21:48.68 and Michael NUTT fourth in 21:50.00 as Bristol & West Athletes filled the first four places.
The second race was the ‘F’ race where individuals were targeting 19 minutes and eventual winner Imogen PECK made it two wins out of two for the home club as she came home first in 19:11.19. after some solid pace-making by Jerry Hogan.
The ‘E’ race was targeting 18 minutes and again the pace-making was spot on as Josh MOODY led the field round. Cordelia PARKER of Abingdon came home as the winner in 17:50.98. Ben HOLDING was the first club runner in fifth place in 18:37.63. Special mention must be made of the determined run by Jenny JAMES of Guernsey Athletic Club. She was with the pace-maker and lead runner for much of the race but ran herself to exhaustion and really struggled to cover the last 200 metres. Great to see everyone giving her massive support as she pushed herself to the absolute limit to make it to the finishing line. A very brave effort indeed.
The ‘D’ race was targeting 17 minutes and again there was a great pacing job by Peter Bain’s brother running 17 minute pace and Rob STEWART running 17 minute 30 seconds pace. Andrew HUNT, a recent newcomer to the club, came home first in 16:54.53 with a group of four athletes around the 16:30 target s 12 athletes completed this race.
Not quite at his fittest Steve MITCHELL offered to pace the ‘C’ race at 16 minute 30 second pace (as well as making his debut as a commentator) and did a superb job to lead Andy WATT round to a 16:18.04 after a quick couple of laps at the end. Thomas DAVIS of Team Bath also ran under the target time with a 16:26.47 clocking.
By the ‘B’ race which started at 8:10 p.m. the temperature had cooled without the wind getting up so the final two races were run in great conditions. Owain JONES was another exceptionally experienced pacemaker and early on Owain was leading Joachim TRANVAG of Exeter University round. However, a storming last kilometre saw Maciej BIALOGONSKI get up for the win in 15:46.80.
The scene was then set for the final race: the ‘A’ race with James HENEGHAN of Cardiff University the pacemaker and it was agreed that he would take the race to 3,000 metres at 71 per seconds per lap. James was as good as his word and although several had started at the target pace when James dropped out it was left to Jack BANCROFT and Ben ROBINSON to battle it out. A strong last 400 metres from Jack saw him prevail in 14:45.14 with Ben recording 14:47.68 in second place – a great result for both athletes. Allan STEWART made the long journey from Amersham and had to settle for third in the frustrating time of 15:01.78.
The event built on the success of the 2017 Edition of the event and must surely be back on the calendar in 2019.
Full results are at the following link: