In short: My first 10K - fantastic time!! In full: I'm delighted to be honest , I completed Fradley 10K (my first 10 K race or any race for that matter for 16 years) and fast too my wife timed me at 52:45 - I wasn't expecting to do less than 60:00 especially as I had a dodgy ankle , twisting it last Saturday. The weather was mild and overcast , with no wind and some mist. A huge turnout with what appeared to me some very serious and purposeful looking runners. Never having run a competition before I was worried on two counts - would I be too far back in the huge pack waiting to start and end up spending 10minutes to get over the start line or would I position myself too far forward and end up running too fast.
Either way it was OK I ran far faster for my first Klm 5:25 and was able to keep a good pace passing people occasionally and feeling much stronger after 5K . I felt all strong and at 8Km rashly decided to speed up, however at 9km I wondered if I had done the right thing - however I made it and managed a sprint finish!!.
In short: Ok the loos were a bit of a let down,maybe they could look at improving this for next year.Both my children ran the 2k and really enjoyed it Lewis came joint 5th with his friend Brad, and Faye came in 7th girl both enjoyed the easter egg after. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Get some portaloos!!! In full: The race was signposted adequately from the A38 but on arrival there were no signs for the gents toilet until you were inside race HQ (which was very crowded) at the community centre. After finding the toilets it seemed there were only three for potentially 150+ male runners, and then you could only sit on them (if you needed to!!) if you were 4 years old as they were for children. I was also under the impression that I would not need to register but found that there was a queue for "registration"; it was only after 10 minutes queueing that I found out it was for people wanting to enter on the day. A very frustrating pre-race experience. This could have been a good race but the day was marred by poor signage and poor toilet facilities. Good points - race started on time, prompt departure from the car-park, lively and friendly atmosphere, scenic run (unless you start off too fast like I did and spent most of the run with my head down gritting my teeth), oh and a nice shiny medal. Date of review: March 20, 2005