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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

2017 Scottish Waterfront 5k Wellington Tue 12 Dec


Ben Twyman picked up his 18th win in this event stopping Daryl’s clock at 16.18 which is respectable given that he competed in the Taupo Half-Ironman Triathlon (ended up being a Duathlon) over the weekend.  So the sub-16 is still waiting to be nailed.

In second place and improving with every race was Theo Wordsworth who finished with a PB of 16.29. Tonight’s race was his third in this event this so there is plenty of potential there.

Some way back in 3rd place was Will Critchlow in 17.36, 1 second better than his winning time from last week.  Just imagine what he could do if he was able to train properly.

In the ladies grade Lucy Lawlor improved dramatically on her 2nd place last week to score her first ever win in this event.  Her time of 20.33 was a PB to boot which shows that perseverance pays off.

In second place in 21.14 was Sarah Fountain. Last week she was 1st, so it would be fair to say that Sarah did not have a good day. There is always next week.

Bex Hutchinson repeated her 3rd place last week with another bronze tonight.  Her time of 21.41 is a PB, 5 seconds better than last week - so she will be pleased.  Improving times takes time for everyone and this is evident when you see how Bex has progressed from running around 24/25 minutes a couple of years ago to 22/21 minutes in 2017.

No I haven’t forgotten. In the Critchlow/Thompson Challenge, WC had a clear victory over BT.  I am wondering when Brendon is going to fire-up  because he has a quicker time than Will for this event and at the beginning of the current series they dead-heated.  I wouldn't write off Brendon but Will seems to have the bit between his teeth which is coming through in the results. 

Ben, is Sam Twyman a relative of yours?

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

2017 Scottish Waterfront 5k Wellington Tue 5 Dec


Will Critchlow doing the finish that he should have done in the first place  


Will Critchlow may have surprised himself but the crowd went wild  when he picked up fastest time in tonight’s 5km race. 

Pulling off a win was always a goal but it may have come earlier than anticipated. 

The time of 17.37 is not his best but the very warm conditions and the absence of a sufficient cooling breeze may possibly have had some influence on times. That said there seemed to be plenty of persnal bests across the field.

Apart from joining the ranks of race victors, Will also picks up a point in the Critchlow/Thompson Challenge by trouncing Brendon Thompson who at one stage looked like a no-show, but ended up finishing 6th.

Second in the men’s race in a time of 18.17 was Adam Steinmetz an 800m track specialist but tonight doing his job as the 18.00 pacer.

Stopping the clock at 18.21 was newcomer Martis Bengenet who picked up 3rd place in the men's race.

In the women's race Sarah Fountain came in 1st with a time of 21.01. Second was Lucy Lawlor in 21.10 - her best ever placing in her waterfront races. Bex Hutchinson clocked up a personal best to finish in 21.46 and third place.

Also in the race was sight-impaired Maria Williams and guide Melissa Moon. Melissa has been Maria's running partner/guide for a number of years now and I can only presume that their participation tonight means there is a big race coming up. 

As an incentive to Ben Twyman who is looking to break 16.00, Melissa's best 5km (track) time is only 1 second slower than Ben's winning time from last week.    

My final observation is whether pacer Niam Macdonald is losing his touch slightly by finishing in 22.26, 4 whole seconds off his pace time of 22.30. This may require further observation.