A balmy 16C and rain met the field of 17 runners as we toed the start line for the North East Vets (Masters to the rest of the world) 10000m championships at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. As the gun sounded, Stewy Bell of Chester le Street hit the front in his usual, take no prisoners, style.
I had decided to start steady and see how it went. At the end of the fourth lap, as I moved up into 6th position, it soon became an exercise in concentration as I splashed my way around the next 21 laps. With those in front, to far in front to catch and those behind, far enough behind not to threaten.
I managed to keep the pace fairly even and finished in 39.03, 6th overall and 1st M50. Stewy Bell won the race and was 1st M45 in 34.49.
Although this was my first track race this year, this was the last track meeting in the area this season, so will now have to wait until next year for another outing on the track. I am determined to race more though and Sunday will see me travel over to the North West for the Preston 10km