RW Race Report: The F1 Chicken Run 10K



by Kerry McCarthy

First man: Aaron Burgess 35:21
First woman: Sarah Rendall 40:10
Last finisher: 1:21:07
No. of finishers: 186
RW Rating 2011: 91%

Lest you think this race is about fleet-footed fowl battling it out down the home straight of a motor racing track, let me explain. The provenance of the name comes from two local facts: Brackley is a couple of miles down the road from Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix, and the town's biggest employer is a chicken factory.

Such quirkiness neatly encapsulates the spirit of what is an impressive if still young race (this was year two). First impressions were that it was a bog-standard affair, set up to attract local runners. The race village in Brackley Park - in truth no more than a village green - was on the petite side: five portable loos, male and female changing areas in large tents labelled 'Hen' and 'Rooster', and a refreshments van bearing the promise 'Tasty Thymes'. But a second look revealed a well-stocked post-race fuel station, free massages and plenty of runners who'd travelled a distance to take part.

The route, run mostly on roads but with a small trail section through some woods and a mile-long stretch across Hinton Airfield, was encouraging enough to induce a gung-ho approach, but with more than enough undulations to keep things interesting.

As I queued post-race at Tasty Thymes for a cuppa, a chatty fellow who was standing next to me said, "You can tell this race is going places cos apparently there's a chap who's come from Runner's World to review it - and they don't go to just any race, you know." Quite.


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