Martin Green dips under 16 minutes and claims PB in fast 5k race in Wigan

Martin Green (white, red and green vest) ran the 5K of his life in Wigan

Report by Don Hale. Photographs by John Earlston

North Wales Road Runner Martin Green recorded an incredible personal best time (PB) at Wigan on Tuesday night in a high-quality 5k race,

Martin dipped just under 16 minutes for the very first time.

This event marked a fabulous performance from the train driver, who quickly hit top gear and accelerated away from the “Green” flag and burnt some rubber on the five-lap, Three Sisters go-cart track, to record an official time of 15 minutes 59 seconds.

It was a proud moment for the talented veteran athlete and marathon star, who later confirmed: “It was a “Fast 5k” event and included 5 x 1k laps, which was ideal. A PB, and my first time under 16 minutes.

Martin begins to work his way through the pack

“I was well chuffed to be honest, and it’s been a target for about four years, but I always just fell short.

“There were three races on the go-cart track in Wigan, with an A, B, and one for women. I was in the B, which was for sub 16.30 runners only, so a pretty good standard. There were about 25 runners in each race, and I was 4th in the B event.

“I would have been well down in the A race as they were true elites, and the winner was about 14.15 or something crackers.”

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