By Scott Mills
Weir Archer academy’s Stuart Bloor fought back to claim 2nd place in today’s Manchester Half-Marathon, despite being knocked out of his chair in the north’s extremely treacherous conditions.
Recording a finishing time of 01:00:09, Bloor seemingly managed to race a very fast 10 miles until a lack of organisation and the course’s health and safety scuppered the Englishman’s chances of a new PB.
“The conditions weren’t the best as it started to rain literally a couple of minutes before the start but that wasn’t really a problem,” Bloor explained.
“Myself and John [Smith] went off quite fast at the beginning and things were looking quite good until about 10 miles in when I started to have a few problems.
“Runners started to cross over to our side of the road and despite slowing down, I crashed into one of them.
“They put cones out but there was no one there to actually say you can’t cross this side of the road and they’d given each of us a police bike to kind of wave them back onto the other side but people just weren’t listening to them at all.”
Despite being battered and bruised from the collision, Bloor still managed to remain positive even though the crash potentially had lost him the race and a chance of recording a personal best.
“Apart from falling out of my chair and having to sort myself out again, I genuinely thought the race went quite well.
“It has definitely given me more encouragement to go on and beat my PB next time and my speed was up there at times which is where I would want it to be, so there are positives coming out of it.”
Even with the Crewe-based athlete having missed part of the season, he has finished his last two half-marathons in respectable 4th and 2nd places.
In fact, he is now looking to continue his strong form going into his next race at the end of the month- the Jedburgh 10k.
“I would like to do a fast time on that one because that is a fast course.
“The last time I raced there I did it in about 25 minutes which is very close to my PB so I would like to go out and try to beat that.,” expressed Bloor.
“Then I want to work hard going into the winter and focus on the season next year.”
So whilst the Manchester Half may have been close to chaos, it has given Bloor plenty of confidence going into the Jedburgh 10k as he looks to beat his personal best of 00:24:55.