Summer Monthly Time Trials

Oldies to the fore in first Summer time trial

With the winter cross country season consigned to memory, attention in the Time Trial Series turned to the roads and the prospect of fast, sustained running over the new 5k loop at Powfoulis. Billed as ‘super fast’ the course certainly has a distinct absence of hills, however long straights and its lack of shelter still made it a true test of speed and endurance.

As the start time of 9.30am approached, Masters track star Craig Johnston, who was making his TT debut, was seen to make nervous glances at approaching cars in case any of the ‘fast boys’ from the club put in a late appearance. Craig’s apprehension was unfounded as it was the usual TT regulars who’d made the trek down to the ‘Pine n’ Oak’.

Having been suitably briefed on the course layout and following the usual TT format of setting each runner off at minute intervals, it was former Park Run winner Lucy Mitchell who was fastest into her stride. Chased by oldies Johnston and guest Lynne Murray, Lucy managed to hold off track speedster Johnston for the first 2k. However the experience of the older runner prevailed, with Craig managing to push out a 3 minute advantage by the finish.

Both �mature competitors were rewarded with impressive, inaugural course records, Johnston clocking 18.19 and Murray just missing out on a sub twenty minute time with 20.01. Lucys tenacity and economical action carried her to a new junior record of 21.03, just ahead of cross country specialist Hazel Murray who was heard to remark she would have preferred hills, mud, wind and rain to make it more interesting!

Next month, it is back to the Caley for the speed merchants one mile. To date no male has gone sub five, with Sarah Hamilton being the only female to dip under the six minute barrier.

Action on Saturday 8th May gets underway as usual at 9.30am.

David Murray

Final Results

5k Powfoulis
Kathryn Mitchell
Hazel Murray
Sarah Hamilton
Lynne Murray (Guest)
Lucy Mitchell
David Murray
Craig Johnston