Pike’s late decision to compete pays off

John Pike
John Pike
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Spalding athlete John Pike won his second 10k race in the space of eight days on Sunday.

The 39-year-old former international made a late decision to compete in the Deeping 10k and he won by more than a minute in 34.39.

Having won last week’s Langtoft 10k, Pike has now won two of the three races he has tackled since his first serious marathon in London last month.

Work commitments had scuppered Pike’s plans to run the 5,000m at the Lincolnshire Championships on Saturday so he intended to do a long training run on Sunday until he had a late change of heart.

He said: “I went to my son Arron’s junior football presentation evening at Spalding United on Saturday and saw a few mates I haven’t been out with for a while and I had a few drinks.

“I hardly ever drink and I got a bit drunk, but when I woke up at 7.30am I decided to do the 10k rather than a long training run.

“I thought that rather than doing a long run in that heat and feeling lousy I might as well do a 10k and feel lousy halfway through.

“Thankfully, when I looked back at halfway I soon I had got a massive gap so I was able to just ran steadily to the finish.

“I’m chuffed to bits to have won two races in a row. I won the race about two years ago and it’s great that I can still win races at my age.

“If I can keep going well for another seven months I will be ready to really go for it as a veteran when I turn 40 in December.”

Pike has been one of the area’s best runners ever since he ran for Britain as a junior.

In those days he was a member of Holbeach Athletics Club and, although they are no longer in existence, they helped to shape Pike’s career.

He added: “Rob Birchall was my hero when I first started.

“The club had some great distance runners over the years such as Rob, Phil Romaine, my ex-coach Mike Exton and Roy Marshall.”