TRAC 5K Time Trial

Armed with his stopwatch, clipboard and starting gun, Terry Brightwell stood at the edge of the track at the Royal Harbour Academy on a cool autumn evening. He had put out a call requesting the attendance of Thanet Roadrunners of all abilities, age and gender to accept the challenge of pushing personal boundaries against the clock in the TRAC 2019 5K Time Trial.


There were 19 brave souls that answered the call and decided to take up the challenge. Upon arrival each runner collected there number, laced up those trainers and started to warm up.


Conditions were ideal for fast times with a flat, floodlit running track with just a light breeze in the air. Only 12.5 laps stood between our TRACies and external glory. Although PB’s were well and truly on the menu, these were not just going to be handed out. They would require grit, determination and a strong pair of legs.


The night was split into two groups based on anticipated completion time. The first group was for 25 minutes and over and the second group was for under 25 minutes. In the first group Steve Jones was the first to finish in 24.25 closely followed by Glyn Jenkins and Steve Clarke in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Susan Hayward was the first female to finish in 26.01 followed closely by Julia Hermitage in 26:22 and Janet Morgan in 26.32 (just 31 seconds separating all three ladies.


In the second group it was Jack Bradley that blazed his way around the track first in a blistering 17.23 followed by Chris Benchley 17:50 in second place and Jamie Collins in 18:39 in third. There was a close battle for 4th, 5th and 6th with just 5 seconds separating Tom Parkin, Max Hubbard and Ashley Day respectively.


The evening was a great success which featured some absolutely incredible and inspiring running. Everyone that took part gave it 100% all the way to the final bell and beyond.


A big thank to Terry for making this all possible and thank you also to Derick Sackett and Simon Arter who assisted with time keeping duties.


The full results for 5k time trial are as follows:


Race 1
1st Steve Jones 24.25
2nd Glyn Jenkins 24.34
3rd Steve Clarke 24.46
4th Pete Heath 24.56
5th Paul Preston 24.59
6th Susan Hayward 26.01
7th Julia Hermitage 26.22
8th Janet Morgan 26.32


Race 2
1st Jack Bradley 17.23
2nd Chris Brenchley 17.50
3rd Jamie Collins 18.39
4th Tom Parkin 19.08
5th Maxwell Hubbard 19.10
6th Ashley Day 19.13
7th Simon Cowdery 20.44
8th Steve Forshaw 20.49
9th Scot Haggarty 20.53
10th Royston Robertson 22.47
11th Tim Greenaway 23.44


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