DAVID Jones continued his indoor athletics adventure by winning a V65 3,000m silver medal at the British Masters Championships at Lee Valley, where he also gained a personal best in the 800m.
Even though the only other time he had run in a 3,000m race he had run 12.46, the Stratford Athletic Club member started this race with the intention of doing 12 minutes. He went through the first kilometre in exactly four minutes and the second just one second slower.
David lost seven seconds in the final kilometre but, on reflection, he was really happy with his performance and his silver medal.
In the V65 800m, David’s recent experience in an open meeting at Lee Valley helped him decide on his pacing and also meant the indoor stadium atmosphere was not a surprise this time.
He was disappointed to find he was drawn in the outside lane but knew his natural ability would make up for it. David aimed to run as close to 2:48 as possible, hitting 42 seconds per lap. He was delighted to see the clock showed 41 seconds at the end of lap one and knew he was running well.
David maintained his fluid style, settled into a metronomic pace and was ecstatic with his time of 2:48.29. He was less than four seconds from winning a bronze medal.
Phil Brennan finished 4th in the 1,500m (V70), recording a season’s best of 6:03.27, a time Phil described as “mediocre”.
Phil also competed in the BMAF 10-Mile Championships at Sidcup the following day and won a bronze medal in a “truly atrocious” 1:21.00.
According to Phil, the only positive element was “being in the open air at last on a sunny but breezy morning”.
YVONNE Caswell picked the Milton Keynes 10k as the perfect preparation for her forthcoming appearance in a duathlon and she finished 13th lady and 2nd V40.
It is Yvonne’s fastest 10k for many years (45.18) and, as her target over the previous few months was to bring her time down from 47 minutes, it was a great success overall.
The final third of the race was “a little more undulating than the first part and, with a very cheeky little hill in the last kilometre, combined with the strong wind, a sub-45 minute run was just out of reach”.