STRATFORD AC’s James Deacon and Ruth Calderbank took on the Coventry Godiva New Year five-mile race and both finished the race in personal best times.
The course involved a one-mile lap followed by two, two-mile laps around the University of Warwick campus.
It was a fast, predominantly flat course although there were some corners which were difficult to negotiate due to the heavy frost and ice deposited overnight. The race organisers took the trouble to put grit down which helped the runners, but speed still had to be significantly reduced to avoid slipping.
James managed to secure a fine PB of 32.55 and finish 51st out of 136 runners. He was very pleased with his run since he hasn’t trained a great deal over the past two months.
Ruth (101st, 39.22) was also pleased with her five-mile times of 41.47 and 40.23 in the first two races of the Centurion Grand Prix in the last couple of months, but knew if she really 'went for it' she could dip under 40 minutes.
Ruth didn’t look at her watch during the race, so when she crossed the finish the line and saw 39.22 she was overjoyed. She is looking forward to a well-deserved rest before she throws herself into another race in the same fashion.
The winner was Stephen Emery of Coventry Godiva Harriers in 25.06. The first female home was Sue Street-Hall of Birchfield Harriers in 31.15.
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