OTM 2022 Race 2 (August) Review
Following the first race in July (read the review for that race here), we went again with the second (of three) race on Sat 20th August. For race 1 we had 22 people register and 20 of them turn-up (two DNSs), for race 2 this had increased to 30 entrants – unfortunately only 21 raced on the day for various reasons.
The 21 who did make it, took advantage of the milder (if still sunny) conditions – with it being scorchio at July’s race. There were some fantastic performances all round and our awesome tail-walker Nicola was left wondering if she’d upset everyone!
Everyone zoomed off and not much walking took place, the nearest person to Nicola finished 3-4 minutes before her! Every runner ran way under an 8 minute mile!
Overall Winner & The Men (& rapid young men)
The battle for overall winner was epic. Race record holder, 17-year old Billy Reid of Preston Harriers and 4.49 mile fame, again kept us in suspense and entered on the day. Lining up alongside him were several 5-minute milers and sub-5 Karl Hodgson from Red Rose Runners. At just passed the half way mark Karl was ahead…just….
Young Billy put in a final push in the last couple of hundred metres and finished first in a new Old Tram Mile official race record of 4.42, just ahead of Karl in 4.45. The battle for third place was rather epic too – Steve Abbott (Wesham RR), Andrew Fairbairn (Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde RC) & Matt Holmes (Red Rose) all finished within a few seconds of each other in 5.01, 5.04 & 5.06.
Not far after those three speedsters came the flying feet of 14-year old Bob Kellett of Chorley ATC (& now 5.22 mile) fame – awesome!
Unfortunately in race 1 & 2 we haven’t had three or more female runners, so the female team prizes have gone officially untouched. However word on the street is that Red Rose Runners, Preston Harriers and Blackburn Road Runners are all going to put a ladies team into race 3….
We gave a spot prize to Sian Marsden (Red Rose) on the day for being ‘Miss Consistency’ after posting a 7.10 in race 1 and a 7.09 in race 2.
After processing the full results (which are further below, more on them in a minute..), we also gave spot prizes to Anna Barcroft (Blackburn RR) who was FIFTY SEVEN SECONDS ahead of her target time of 8.30 with a 7.33 and to Dan Hamilton (also of Blackburn RR) who takes the ‘Mr Consistency’ title. Somehow running 5.52 in both races 1 & 2 and the EXACT SAME TIME when doing the ‘Virtual or Solo’ version during Lockdown!
Picture below is them with Jeanette Baron (right) who smashed her 7.30 target with an impressive 7.21 (& bangs out 80%+ age grading runs for fun – sickeningly good).