Written by John Ratcliff
Well ! What a jolt to the bones that was. I've only run on grass and mud since last October and boy was this different. Muscles I never knew I had and all that.
Hurdles - what are they? stumbling blocks. Came crashing down in the warm up but luckily made it safely through the race albeit in a lousy 11.8. By now I'm thinking this appearance might have been a bad idea.
Long Jump - my God that felt odd. Too much cross country came to mind but I scratched out a 4.83m. Now lying fourth.
Shot - still bloody heavy, even at 6k.Tried to remember what Tony Cook used to tell me but drew a blank. First throw, 5 something - highly embarrassing. A guy using his wrong arm in the over 60's did better! 2nd throw improved with a less complicated run-up - ie: still. Arm nearly gone out of socket - must practice this event before I compete again. I got 6 something in the end - Iosing weight has not helped I suppose.
HJ - 1.30 practice - 3 failures. Started therefore at 1.23 but slowly remembered a bit of technique and it got better.Just knocked the bar off with my hand at 1.47 but CLEARED 1.44! Very pleased and back in the chase for a medal. Julian Kennedy also jumped 1.44 and his 10m shot leaves too much to catch up in the 1000 I think.
1000 - went out hard and ran well despite muscle cramps. Won by about 10 seconds in 3.20 dead.
Result - Silver Medal 2600 points approx. I'll have to check the results on the web. All in all - it's a start. I finished after all. Think I might have a chance of that Vets HJ Record with a bit more training, and my running felt smooth.
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