Rotary 12k has always been a great fitness test and this year I would be testing myself for the 10th time over this unusual distance (7.45 miles). I was hoping to take a shot at my masters PR (41:45) as this would probably be my last chance at a 12k since it is a rarely run distance. Bedford
I met up with Nacho Hernando before the race and we ran out and back over the last 1.5 miles of course for a warm-up. Nacho has outkicked me in each of the three races we’ve met up in; I was hoping the longer distance would work in my favor. The field would not be as strong as the last couple of years due to
not being part of the USATF NE grand prix. The last couple of times I’d just cracked the top 40. This year I was expecting to be much closer to the front of the pack. I felt pretty good warming up and switched into racing flats and went out for another mile with some strides. Bedford
There was a decent turnout of
teams since the race was part of the NH grand prix. Ethan Crain was back after not racing in about 6 months, once he shakes off the rust he’ll be one of the top masters in New Hampshire New England. Eric Ashe from the BAA took off at the start and ran his own race, putting about 20 seconds a mile on the chase group. I can’t say what the other guys were thinking but I was running my own race hoping to get a good time and maybe sneak out a second place finish.
At the mile (5:30) Nacho, Kevin McMahon and I were running in a group. The split was just a little behind what I’d hoped for but it felt pretty quick. Both of the guys were putting in surges at various times and I’d drop back a second or two behind them and then regroup. Not much changed as we hit 2 miles in 10:56 (5:26) and 3 in 16:42 (5:46). My goal was to hit 3 in 16:40 so I was close to what I’d hoped for.
Nacho made a move on the hill leading up to 4 miles which we hit in 22:25 (5:43) which put me right on pace to tie my PR. He gapped me a bit on the climb but I also pulled ahead of McMahon. I regrouped and pulled even with Nacho and we continued to break away. We passed 5 miles in 28:05 (5:40), which was 5 seconds too slow, but I felt like I was all-out. During the next mile I was able to get in front of Nacho a couple of times but he always got back. We hit 6 miles in 33:40 (5:35), we’d picked it up but it was still another mile that was 5 seconds too slow. I knew I’d need to get 10 seconds on Nacho in the 7th mile in order to hold off his finishing kick. I also knew that I was hanging on for dear life. We hit 7 stride for stride in 39:25 (5:45) and any chance of a PR was gone. Nacho made his move with 400 to go and torched me by 8 seconds during the final stretch on the track.
I was able to just duck under 42 minutes with a 41:59 and third place overall, missing my masters PR by 14 seconds. I gave all I had on this day and it just wasn’t quite enough to get the result I’d hoped for. I did get to double-dip, picking up $25 for third place and another $50 for top master. Time to switch gears and hit the Mountain running series!
1 39:04 5:15 Eric Ashe 24M
Brighton MA BAA
2 41:51 5:37 Nacho Hernando 19M
NH NHTI Manchester
3 41:59 5:38 Dave Dunham 49M
Bradford MA CMS/GCS
4 42:25 5:42 Kevin McMahon 20M
5 42:37 5:43 Ethan Crain 40M
NH GCS Nashua
6 42:38 5:43 Jotham Burnett 33M
Canaan NH UVRC
7 42:48 5:45 Anthony Walsh 29M
MA GBTC Boston
8 42:59 5:46 Bo Wang 26M
9 43:12 5:48 Jon Korhonen 30M
10 45:05 6:03 Patrick Connelly 49M
NH GDTC Chester