Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nick Braves Fierce Weather to Finish Third in Bermuda; INSIDE TRACK Athletics News with Bill McGuirk When I Looked out of the Hotel Window on the Morning of the Race It Was as Though It Was the Middle of the Night, It Was So Dark Nick Swinburn

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nick Braves Fierce Weather to Finish Third in Bermuda; INSIDE TRACK Athletics News with Bill McGuirk When I Looked out of the Hotel Window on the Morning of the Race It Was as Though It Was the Middle of the Night, It Was So Dark Nick Swinburn

Article excerpt

NICK SWINBURN never bargained for hurricane storms when he travelled to Bermuda for an international road race.

Prior to heading for Hamilton, the island's capital, the Morpeth Harrier had experienced extreme cold conditions in the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country International, so a trip to the North Atlantic seemed ideal at this time of year to represent England in a 10k road race.

Swinburn, who has been in great form recently, had been informed the race always produced fast times, so he was eagerly looking forward to seeing if he could dip below the 29min 55secs he ran in the Leeds Abbey Dash last November.

However, things didn't quite turn out as expected as the competitors began to gather for the early morning start.

A full weekend of races were scheduled and while the road miles went ahead in perfect conditions on the Friday night - as did Sunday's marathon - Saturday's weather had changed dramatically when it was time for the 10k race. Swinburn, who plans to ease back on competition for a while after a hectic recent programme including trips to Belgium as well as Edinburgh and Bermuda, said: "They were right in saying there had been fast times in the race in the past but the conditions we encountered certainly weren't ideal, in fact it put a right dampener on things!

"When I looked out of the hotel window on the morning of the race it was as though it was the middle of the night, it was so dark.

"And when it was time for the race to start - there over 800 hardy athletes on the line - it was still dark and the wind was gale force and the rain was lashing down. But I thought to myself I've come all this way so I'm not going to let it get me down as I've often trained in conditions nearly as bad back home.'' Once the race got under way Swinburn quickly settled into his stride in a leading group of three and, despite the howling gale, felt comfortable. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.