Pete Bracken told me he was running his 200th parkrun on my home course and I thought it was a good opportunity to see if my flu vaccination theory was right from last week (that it had a detrimental effect on running performance). Ordinarily North Lakes is a fast 3 circular laps around a lake course but super fast times are made more difficult by lapping large numbers from Midway. I thought Bracko would act like a bulldozer clearing the course of runners but it didn't really turn out like that! Sure Bracko started conservatively for a change (niggle in hammy), but he was gapping me by a km and gone by lap 1, he ran 5:15 and I was 5:18 with Benny Merlin in 3rd making it 3 ex Pat poms!
With Pete away the gaps on the path closed up as soon as he was through and I was left to find my own path. Unusually for me I shouted "RUNNER BEHIND" a few times to get a gap but I did still come a cropper, crashing into an open top Wiggles car being carried along by about six runners celebrating someone's 💯 parkrun. On this tight circuit honestly what were they thinking?
No harm done but would have cost me a second or two!
Through 2nd lap in 10:50 and I worked out another 5:30 lap would bring me home in 16:20 comfortably inside Keith Bateman's M55 Australian best parkrun time (16:27) [KB would have been jogging].
Bracko ran 15:58 easy and Benny ran 16:40'ish.
I was happy because it was a goal and it was a respectable time compared to recent 16:30's performances and last week's abberation.
Still 93.99% age grading wad not good enough to beat the awesome Louisa Abrams 95.5%.
I asked Mike Trees to look out for Louisa in Auckland at World Masters Games where she won a gold in the 10km road race. He said he knew the family anyhow as daughter (Felecity ~ a pro triathlete) was former girlfriend of Alistair Brownlee and the family had set up a 2XU outlet in Brisbane.
Mike finished 4th in the 5000m and won the Sprint Triathlon and 1500m open water swim. He was 2nd in the 5000m open water swim an hour later missing a third Gold by 0.8seconds! Not bad for a runner who had an operation on prolapsed disc in his back in November!