Race Report: Yeovilton 5k (Summer Series – Event 6)

The Yeovilton 5k Summer Series is a group of 5k events that take place on the 2nd Wednesday evening of the month from April to September. They are organised by my club, Yeovil Town Road Running Club and is very much a local race. It wouldn’t be fair to compare this with some of the bigger events I run, but it is still an excellent race. I ran the May event which gave me my 21:59 PB, before I joined the club.

Chip timed, the course is a single 5k loop on flat local country roads. It runs essentially around RNAS Yeovilton and is based at the Fleet Air Arm car park and the social club opposite, which is where Race HQ is.


Getting to the race was very easy, there was loads of parking. Registration was a bit painful. I’d pre-registered and though there were two places to register (One for packet pickup, the other for on the day entries) they were right next to each other and there was seemingly only one queue. Once identified, I soon jumped it and got my number.

I arrived at the race confident of a PB. After running sub 44 at the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k, I knew my 5k time would be able to come down, if I put the effort in. According to McMillan and Daniels conversion charts my 10k time converted to 21 flat. I thought however, a sub 20 could have been on the cards, but the more realistic target (And the one I actually wanted) was a “Mere” sub 21. Anyway, I set my Garmin to KM, and set my pace zone to be 3:55km – 4:10km. Unfortunately I neglected to change the Auto-lap, so it only beeped after each mile! So the splits are in miles.


I ran the first 2 kilometers on Sub 20 pace, but it soon started falling apart from there. I got gradually slower and slower, as you can see above. Poor race strategy! Next time I am going to set out with a time in mind and try an even split race. Not sure I have the bottle to try a negative split!

Most of the race I had run on my own. But at 3 and 4, a couple of people caught up and I was overtaken on the 5th KM. The 5th KM was so tough, but I used the guys in front now to hang on to. As I rounded the last corner I had a little sprint in me and managed to just edge over the line in front of 2 people. A bit sand-bagged perhaps, but I didn’t want to leave anything out there.

I ran the race very hard as my HR chart shows. I literally couldn’t have given anymore, but watching the race clock with a 20:xx as I rounded the last corner I knew I’d PB. And I took a glorious 20:46.


Its a great confidence booster going into Bristol next week. On the downside, all my training zones need to go up and I need to run faster!

Next target, sub 20 – The question is, can I do it in 2014?

As always, heres the Garmin Activity. Feel free to connect with me on there and follow my training.


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