Essex Cross Country Championships 12k senior men’s- Gloucester Park
After having a pleasing run at Whitham I was hoping for another good run at the Essex XC champs, the distance of 12k wasn’t going to be too much of a problem so I thought I was in for a good chance of coming high up in the field. The course was 3 laps around Gloucester park incorporating some challenging hills and flat sections.
As we set off on the first lap I ran up to the front group and decided to sit in and relax on the first lap, I was in approximately 2-3rd place as we approached lap two. The pace seemed to slow and I was looking around thinking someone has got to take this race on because we weren’t running hard enough, next thing I know Adam went to the front and started to push the pace slightly. I knew I had to cover every move that he made to be in a good chance of winning the race, he seemed very fit and it was tough hanging onto him up the hills and round the corners on the 2nd lap. We came off the hills approaching the start of the last lap and I still felt that I wasn’t ‘all out’ and I had lots left, I went into the lead with one lap to go knowing I only had 3k left and I really pushed on hard saying to myself ‘don’t look back!’
I pushed the pace all the way until the last 100m when I glanced back knowing I had a lead and slowed up into the finish for the win!
See results on the Power of 10 website
After the race and looking back on my performance I ran a really good tactical race and felt really strong, if the race was 5-10k the result might have been different but who knows? I’m in good shape and training is paying off!