Tomorrow sees some of Britain’s top athletes return to Sutton Park for the National Road Relays. No surprise then to hear that MCKEP will be there in force, running in the green green vests of Kenilworth, whom two weeks ago finished 10th in the Midlands 6 Stage Road Relays at the same venue, whilst McCarthy unpacked his suitcase at the Hilton in Bristol in preparation for his inexplicable Half Marathon PB performance the next day.
Simkiss led the Kenilworth team of 6 from from the middle, running the 3rd leg of the day, in the 3rd fastest leg time, as the boys in green attempted to improve on last years 21st position – and did so comfortably. Simkiss ran a time of 19:10 – surprising himself by running faster than either MCKEP athlete was able to manage over the course in 2013 despite sitting in a bit of a performance rut.
The day will be something of a reunion for McCarkiss, who haven’t raced together since their historic battle on the track, and have barely trained together since Simkiss admitted his penchants for Triathlon (having now completed a sum total of 2) and McCarthy has proceeded to run PBs at every distance he’s competed at, despite bugger all training beyond a few 1km rep sessions. That said, McCarthy is likely to be well on his way home by the time Simkiss runs, having won the team battle with Siggers and Roddy over who is least able to sacrifice another 20mins of their weekend and needs to run the early leg.
The big question is whether McCarthy, with his current ‘trickle charge’ approach to training will be able to maintain his self-proclaimed MCKEP Number 1 status, helped by the tow of the other elite athletes on the Leg 1 mass start while Simkiss finds form again and starts nearly an hour later on a lonely leg 4.
Sub 19min has to be the main target for the athletes, with Simkiss’ (assumed) club record of 18:50 for the course being the pot of gold.