Keith Law a close second in ACT

BEMBOKA veteran runner Keith Law has continued his hot streak.

Law, 58, competed in the 5000-metre and 10,000m ACT Athletics club races in Canberra recently.

Law recorded personal best times in both events, including chopping his 10,000m time by a whopping 90 seconds.

The 5000m race was open to competitors of all ages, not just veterans.

“I was up against the young guns who belong to that club,” Law said.

In a field of 30 runners, Law finished 13th overall and was the second fastest veteran.

Law crossed the line in a time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds, beating his previous best by five seconds.

Law said he is now just six seconds outside the ACT record for his age, or equivalent to “half a second per lap”.

Next up for Law was the club’s 10,000m race.

While classified as a veterans’ event, everyone was invited to participate.

Law finished fourth overall in a field of 30 runners but was the second veteran across the line, earning him a silver medal.

Law finished in 36 minutes, 59 seconds, smashing his previous best time by 90 seconds.

“I’m very happy with my results,” Law said.

Law said he overcame difficulties including unfavourable weather conditions and a technology error.

“I did the 10,000m in 34C heat at 8pm.

“There were water stations everywhere and I used them,” he said with a laugh.

Law has a watch that he uses to help keep pace – he aims to run 100 metres every 22 seconds.

The watch broke on the second lap and after some quick work, Law continued on his way.

However, it stopped working again on lap four and Law abandoned the watch.

“I calculated that I was 20 seconds out because of my watch,” Law said.

“That’s less than one second per lap.”

The next best event for Law is the Australian Masters Athletics Championships on March 9, when he takes part in the 5000m race.

The competition will be held at the Queen’s Domain in Hobart, Tasmania.

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