Bexley League 5 km, 14th Feb 04
The third in the Cambridge Harriers Bexley League series saw another win for Surrey Walking Club’s Mark Easton on one of his favourite courses. The organisers broke away from the usual pattern of 10km races and, against the seasonal trend towards 20km and upwards, put on a 5km event. This relatively short race was beneficial in retrieving some of the speed lost during the current period of long distance training and most soon felt the pressure of making the 10 percent increase in speed required for 20km. Mark, however, seemed to find no difficulty in easing away from a young high quality field to record his best for some time but he was one of the few isolated competitors with several competitive bunches behind him. The short distance soon appeared much further, especially up the not inconsiderable hill, as everyone set off at was seemed like maximum pace and with an unwillingness to let the others get away. Such a short 3 miles can seem a very long way at top speed and most came away pleased with their efforts even though, with no short distance preparation, times for some were less impressive than they felt during the race

1. M.Easton 21 min 21 sec; 8. P.Hannell 27 min 59 sec; 10. P.King 28 min 07 sec; 13. C.Flint 28 min 47 sec.

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