A marathon wait

•September 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

nearly over

in less than
four weeks
a
first
marathon

with this remarked
first
5k
10k
half marathon
5000m track
(should have been
10,000 track also
but days got wrong there)

have also had their
first moments in the sun-shine
or rain
whichever
english
welsh
shade of
present
became
in the past 20 months or so

abingdon’s spectre looms

but it looms without
fear

even ‘training’ wouldn’t really reflect
i am
because at the same time
i am
not

its a race of celebration
rather
the celebration to run

much more important
to me
would be the cross country season
which embarks just prior
the week indeed before

cross country and
autumn leagues
of past
now present

school fields
of dew
now due

as
the one missed
last year
for all those
right
reasons
but

still missed

in abingdon
a celebration
therefore

a passage of time
reinstated
reinvigorated
relearnt
steps and lines
accumulated
within
and beyond

an
expression
achieved
through the
simple
action
of form

in running
here

in run
there

breath to stride

swansea10k_02

in spirit
of running
all
i yearn

Swansea Bay 10k

•September 20, 2016 • 2 Comments

wept
blubber
in a year where
it feels
so much has been
carried
tears
fell

2637d-01

1k away
a brother
awaiting
he’d therefore be
at 9k
in return

the swansea bay 10k
about to get
underway
and here
one in tearful
emotion
full loco

the brother
dylan
in his day
an exceptional
athlete/runner

now here
for first time witness
his own brother’s
return

as the huddle
huddled
the start
commotion
braced
the countdown
bang
and we’re off

wipe away those tears

and run

run

past 1k
and that other bevan
bellowed
to awaken
fogged horns
‘comm’on lloyd
look’n good’

through 2k
3k
4k
then the five
of halfway

don’t look
down
don’t
an inner voice
of instruction
to watch time

then

gone past
5k
down he looks
19:57
oh…!

but in strength
of feeling strong
the time implied
too quick
a gentle readjustment
reeled in
sliced
and diced
pace

6k
7k
8k
and then
the bellows of bevan
chimed again

the welsh hwyl
elasticated the final 1k

of course
a halfway math suggested
but all one cared about

going the sub 41:28 pb
of Middlesex 10k
a few weeks
prior

feeling steady
the lumens of clock
sparkled
40:20
on approach

the tears
evaporated
but the emotions
still sang
strong
hwyl

line crossed
40:38

so chapter
verse
brothers
and
this year
past

embraced

19:54

•August 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

1954

a review of
the archives
and
the month of
july 1954

elvis releases
his first single
‘that’s all right’

and indeed
it is

a silent
distant
challenge raised
lovers whispers
achieved

2015
sub 20 go
in 5k
2016

given a sequence of times
leading up
20:10
20:08
20:06
20:04
20:02

the
20:00
just, would have been

the race
the serpentine 5k championships
battersea park
the target
race

all set
fair
‘confident’, ‘no’
but on the off
i knew
mine only
not to break

that little bit extra push
to maintain
focus
concentrate upon
go

as the finish line approached
one would not have been
surprised
had the clock
displayed 20:

normally i wait a while
but this time looked down
to see
19:54

it rang well
and true
confirmed
by the official result

18 months or so back
in the run
from 27:12
that cold january
morn
to this

there has been
and is
much to reflect upon
over this time
the aches
and pains
gains
and losses

but there is joy
in this mark
made

made in battersea park

‘that’s all right’

The Ten Miler

•July 3, 2016 • 3 Comments

Harry Hawkes 2016 by SussexSportPhotography.com 09:42:16

i took a picture of self
the other eve
looked at it
and thought
yes, that’s me
that IS me

i then accidentally
deleted it
vanished
like a Thames Shag
diving asunder
fishing
without trace
gone

somewhere lurking
in ones scrapbook
a result
4th June 1985
‘Tiger’s Ten’
60:57

the last ten miler i raced
that would be until
‘Harry Hawkes 10’
26th June 2016
71:52

a seperation of
31 years 22 days
10 minutes 55 seconds

a long time not to run
but not so long
given the long time
between those
finishing times

The Tiger Ten
hosted by
the Sheffield Tigers Rugby Club
so started
at the rugby club ground
Hathersage Road

a gruel of course commenced
the first five ascending
Hathersage Road
Long Line
Sheephill Road
and then, left
upon old roman road
cutting cross moor
heading for Fox House

anyone familiar with this
trek will know
the uncertain nature
below foot
footing
an unfamiliar
ten mile run

once released from
the rock and
the hard place
back upon road
that Hathersage Road
descent

as for Harry Hawkes
upon cricket ground
within quaint Thames Ditton
well
let’s say this was a relative
breeze against Tigers gale
but Harry’s Hawke
and the thirty one years
and yes
that hamstring / adductor
on / off
which nearly meant
Harry wasn’t to be
meant, measured running
but running never-the-less

enjoyed
fulfilled
in time
of time
elapsed

so just like the vanishing images
we hold
in reflection of now
well now has come and gone
Thames, Shag and fish
Harry Hawkes a memory
banked with Tiger Ten

cometh the hour (71:52)
for the next…

ten miler

tick flitwick 10k tock

•April 18, 2016 • 1 Comment

what’s there not to enjoy
at the start of…

flitwick02-01

one of the many
and yes
they are numerous
joys of running
is finding yourself
in a localle
where simply you wouldn’t have been
had it not been
for the run or race

places previously unconnected to
the becomings of
new attachments

this time Flitwick

nestled between Luton
and Bedford
a picturesque host
to a single lap 10k
‘undulating’
just don’t think gentle
challenging
and another dose of
yes

flitwick_o-02

i’ve always thought about
my running
in reflection
to the younger days
yes, even the quicker…
but
no longer
thanks to the
Berkhamsted’s
and
Flitwick’s
of the recent

after such a long period out
25 years…..
i’ve lived a life
in that memory of
those moments
those lessons
those experiences
ran

but its the return now
the last eighteen months
not knowing
will one
sustain
or not

the losing of the stones
the inching forward
then
the runs of today
simply are
the most…
in all
ways

Flitwick an abbreviation
an echo
of Berkhamsted’s half

the rise and falls
rising
falling
punctuating tempo
rhythm

a chorus rang
from marshalls
as each 1k elapsed
‘dig in, work together’
just
brilliant

en route back
sat on platform
unaware of ‘that’ time
somehow a finishing clock evades an eye
a watch always overan ever so slightly
switch
time invisable
until
well until
well, just well…

well that time on platform
42:01
surely not
becomes official
41:55

its been quite a journey these
past eighteen months

and these legs
just beginning
a sense
tick
tock

(images courtesy of neil hannam)

The Five Miler

•April 15, 2016 • 1 Comment

vac5

back to this

five mile series
evenings
road running
the leagues

this time
Battersea Park

where once
upon a..

South Yorkshire
‘Assisted By Nike’
Road Race League
1985

Askern Rotherham
Loxley Barnsley
Rockingham

esturies of the republic
full flow

2016
risen of tide
breadth and breath illuminated
abridged
sun set
by Thames

in all barmy splendor
tree lined
avenues
the here, the now
VAC Masters Series
off
and
running

the joy
‘ard t’ put’
but readily present
5 mile echoes
abound

times of old
just that
you know
Askern roads
beaten tracks
the chase
whippets and greyhounds
caught, catched
rabbits
headlights
26:57

well yes

33:34
follows
adrift
down river
no less
in run is ran

not withstanding
the years
what is in those times of then
to this, of these now?

running again

that 5 mile distance
of an evening
as the sun goes down
by river
down avenue
this season starts
commences
over and over
joy accumulated
and

this time
dont envisage
dont imagine
dont let’s hear

the silence of running shoes
put away again

the ‘veteran’ years
teach
heed

its time to run

in the now

 

BMAF / VAC 10k Road Champs

•April 3, 2016 • 1 Comment

qeop

Courtesy of the masters and
second claim VAC club
the QEOP
in all
its spring clarity
sprung a 10k pb

trois laps of gravel
grit paths
rivers and banks
ebbed
flowed

a relatively measured comfort
no twings
nor twangs
of recent
strains

the red neon appeared
a clock displayed
43 approached
a chip confirmed
42:54
job done
nicely of morn

spring has begun