Jan and I were fed up with witnessing Ron Carter’s impressive sprints to the line. His PB is 26.02, so we ganged up and tried to pace him to a new personal best, and maybe slow down his final sprint.
The first kilometre went well, but sadly left Ron a little out of breath. We continued to encourage him, and were hopeful that his final sprint would do the trick.
After nearly 4 km, on the second lap around the football pitches, I looked back and saw Sue about 50 metres behind us. She shouldn’t have been there; her PB is a minute and a half slower than Ron’s.
Anyway, I dropped back to encourage her to move up to Ron. I expected a load of abuse, and was a bit gobsmacked when she complied with my instruction!
Returning to help Jan goad Ron to as good a time as was possible on the day, Sue was left to her own devices. We shouted encouragement to Ron along the lines “Speed up, Sue’s just behind you!” Ron didn’t believe us. Sue overtook him. He sped up, overtaking Sue in the finishing straight with his customary (but a bit slower than usual) sprint.
Sadly he missed his PB by 33 seconds. But on her 71st run at Wythenshawe, Sue’s time of 26.37 obliterated her previous best by 43 seconds.
Keep taking the tablets, Sue!
Many of us then enjoyed the customary gathering in the Courtyard Tea Room.
Full results are here.