Midland Area Winter Racewalking League
Stourport on Seven
Reports – Kate Sergent and Paul Hawkins.
This was the first of this season’s fixtures with two more to hopefully follow in November and January.
Having completed my virtual London Marathon I decided to revisit racewalking and entered this 10k race at Stourport with the master of this event Paul Hawkins.
I first got into racewalking when doing Track & Field events for SAC. I decided I should be quite good at it as every single time I take part in a race, whatever the distance, someone always passed me saying “ great racewalk style” leaving me muttering “ I actually thought I was running! “
It is actually a lot more difficult than it looks and you have to be very careful about locking your knees and always having one foot on the ground. Suffice to say Paul hasn’t got to where he has got to without a great deal of training!
Luckily I had the endurance of marathon training on my side on Sunday, as I hadn’t trained for racewalking for a long time so I did get a warning about my knees .
This was my 3rd race at this distance over a 4 year period. and my times have all been within 17 seconds of each other, so at least I’m consistent and I don’t seem to be getting any slower, which is good news. My last race over this distance was in March 2018.
I recommend anyone to have a go and Paul is a great teacher!
My hips were complaining on Monday but I still managed the Monday night track session.
” My time was 63:45 which on the face of it was not too good (my PB is 61:45) but this was a new course and everyone thought it was long. I made it 10.46k, Kate was 10.4 and others agreed it was long.
I think I went through 10k very unofficially in about 60.40.
I was happy with it. There weren’t many others racing but I was 2nd overall and 1st in my age group.
There was also a handicap race and I was 1st male and Kate was 2nd female
It was fantastic to be competing with club vest and number again.
I really battled hard to get the guy in front for the last 3k but just couldn’t get back to him. I think he was about 20m ahead at the finish.