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GAA Miler Meet

26/07/2015

 

On Friday night Jim Buchanan travelled to the latest edition of the GAA Miler Meets, a night of graded (and mixed male/female) 1500m and 5000m races and incorporating the Scottish Athletics District 5000m Championships (senior).

 

 

 

 

This was at the Hutcheson’s Grammar School track in south Glasgow, with nine 1500m races and two over 5000m. The athletes age range was from U13 up to a few Masters running the longer distance. The Miler Meets aim is to provide high quality races to assist the improvement and raise standards, to this end pacemakers are included.

 

Jim recently ran 17.25 on the road, and thought a quality track race could lower this. With nineteen runners in the 5000 B race, Jim had the experience of realising he was at the back after the first km even though he was running at 17.15 pace. He gradually worked his way up the field, increased the pace to be touch with the 17minute pacemaker, but then just had to grind out a painful last km to finish in 17.03 – improving his seasons best by 22seconds and setting a new PB.

 

“It’s thirty-two years to the month that I last ran a competitive track race, and definitely an experience I would like to repeat – if only I had the times of my 18 year old youth!!”

 

Medal placings and SA write up can be found at –

http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/gaa-miler-meet-helping-raise-standards/

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