Darlington 10K

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08/08/2003 at 12:30
I saw a sign yesterday saying entries accepted on the day.
08/08/2003 at 14:48
Jill, I'd email you my phone number but I can't :o(

I'm 5'2 round ginger and sunburnt oh yes and run like a very gentle breeze (as opposed to the wind)
08/08/2003 at 18:24
I'll be in the Boot n Shoe, if I get round.
WildWill    pirate
09/08/2003 at 21:30
I'm entering on the day - I hope :o)
10/08/2003 at 08:12
Decided to be a bit mad!

After starting back to running this monday (following 4 runs in the last 16 weeks) managed 4.5 miles on Friday so thought what the hell...............in for a penny!

So I will be the one towards the back, red faced and sweating in the sunshine

Probablly run it in about 55 mins! Have a good one

10/08/2003 at 09:48
Good luck everyone!

Was hoping to be able to do this one myself but I've just too much on before flying off to foreign climes tomorrow!

Hope its a leeetle cooler, though I doubt it somehow.
10/08/2003 at 12:58

Totally MAD and totally FUN!

Will do a report later when I have some hot food inside and have sorted out the devastation in the garden that the mother of all storms has caused!

PS great to finally meet a forumite....nice to see yah Will
WildWill    pirate
10/08/2003 at 14:50
I wish i'd took my canoe
10/08/2003 at 16:17
Just aswell that it was a two lap race - as I didn't see much of the first lap.
At one point I was convinced the rain had washed the contact lens out of my eyes!
But it was fun!
10/08/2003 at 20:11
Me, too, Little Miss N. It was like paddling in the sea at several points! Got round, didn't walk, in 72 mins, which is OK for fat, 45 and a plodder!
10/08/2003 at 20:16
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Brilliant. Must try it again as long as there is a thunderstorm to match that one. Not allowed in Boot n Shoe with kids so went in Pennyweight.
10/08/2003 at 21:02
My parents live on the course and were standing by with a hose for the EXPECTED hot weather. Amazing how the storm was timed to perfection with the run. I think it made me more determined than ever to finish a race - guess it's a sort of runner-macho thing!!! In the end I did my fastest 10k of the year so I don't think the river slowed me down too much. Anyone know if the results will be online at all - back home in Surrey now.
10/08/2003 at 23:39
I did promise a report!

Anyway what a fantastic day. I hope everyone else enjoyed the weather as much as me. Wasn't it just mad! (they will have to call it the darlington Grim next year)

I only started training again on monday (after 16 weeks off) and only decided to run after a 4.5 Mile run on friday. Set out to run a comfortable race and aimed for about 55 mins. Started of too fast at 4.30 1st KM then reigned back and did 5K in 25.30 comfortably (I think thats a good time for a 5K swim) anyway got itchy feet at that point and decided to go for a sub 50 min 10K, took it easy and slowly pulled back the time and with a fast last KM came in in 49.40.

Dead pleased with that even though its a personal worse! and I managed a negative split....techie stuff but I strongly recomend it, Felt absolutely great at the end. Had a nice chat to Wild Will and was sorry I didn't meet anyone else.

Got home to a totally colapsed gazebo..the weight of water had snaped to poles. Anyway sorted that, had sunday diner and then friends over till 10pm and have drunk lots of cold beers....great day

11/08/2003 at 09:39
well, the timing of the rain was certainly impeccable. I don't think I've ever run in weather like it, particularly the rivers that suddenly appeared. I know sunglasses wont have helped, but the first 5k appeared to be in almost total darkness. And guess who forgot a towel and change of clothes ?!
Apart from that it was great fun, and I'm fairly happy with 40:57.
11/08/2003 at 15:19
So come on Tulips what happened to you? Hope you didn't get washed down a storm drain and are at this very moment swiming back up the Tees estuary.

Looked out for someone answering your description after I had finished but saw no voluptous, tanned, auburn haired ladies who answered to Tulips, Rose or even Daffodil come to that!
11/08/2003 at 16:01
BBB - I can vouch for Tulips. She recognised my race number at the start and we plodded (or swam) round together. She finished a few seconds ahead of me. By the time we finished, the rain had washed away the finishing line, we ran too far and the marshalls had to tell us to stop running, as we'd made it! Good job ... we'd have been in Durham otherwise.

Actually, I think the marshalls and police deserve thanks for standing in that torrent.

I got home ready to flop on the sofa with a cuppa only to discover that, as I'd left the bedroom window open, the force of the rain had washed all the soil from my windowbox across the sill and onto the carpet, curtains, bedding, etc. My front garden plants were completely flattened, there were two trees down in the village and we had no power.

BTW, report and results will be in Friday's Northern Echo.
11/08/2003 at 20:45
That was one crazy way to spend a glorious summer sunday morning in darlington,the marshalls&police looked well pleased to be out in the down pour watching 900 silly fools having 'FUN' but no doubt i will be back next year
WildWill    pirate
11/08/2003 at 20:50
It was the must fun i've had doing a 10k - i think i ran round grinning from ear to ear and felt realy strong at the end


PS - i di not have a towel or change either

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