Despite McCarthy’s recent run of good form and a PB of over a minute at today’s Wirral Half Marathon, McCarthy was unfortunately only able to muster a second place finish at the event.
Plaudits for the weekend goto Mr Simkiss, who despite battling across a carpark with the Kenilworth club tent and having to request assistance from a member of the ladies team, completed the Gloucester Cross Country League first race of the season, finishing in fourth place, only 35 seconds slower than his last visit to the same course in 2011.
As if this wasn’t enough – Simkiss went on to run the well publicised Daventry 10mile race this morning (miraculously the event had gone unnoticed by MCKEP staff until rumour spread at the Gloucester XC Fixture). Simkiss was bound to be tired following Saturday’s exertions, but did not disappoint – winning the race with an ‘all out’ training effort.
McCarthy’s 10mile split at Wirral of 53:44 versus Simkiss’ 10mi race time of 55:25 is irrelevant, according to MCKEP statistician Lou Stools.
Simkiss had to contend with wet leaves on the ground, and a whirl-y helter skelter type footbridge over a main road – you just can’t compare the two.
Full reports will be available and published in the coming days once editorial staff have gotten over the depression of Monday morning.