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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.