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17/09/2007 at 13:33
The next day we made out way Riccione Stadium to get my beautiful Silver Medal engraved, met up with a few people had lots of chats and had lunch.

One of the most rewarding experiences at the World Championships was meeting people from all different countries from all corners of the World. Many people sought out the English speaking nations to chat to. So I was in much demand for chatting to! Competitors had travelled so far to take part.

We went to see various events over the next few days, lots of shouting, cheering and clapping was carried out.

The day arrived for my 10,000 m’s. I didn’t sleep at all the night before and had to get up at 5.30 for a quick snack and then get ready for the taxi arriving at 6.45. I did not trust the buses on this occasion. Too early. I soon settled down when we arrived at the Stadium. Call room again, this time I was chatting too!! We were again escorted to the start line, this time there were other older age groups as well as my LV65. I had never run 10k on track before, so this was going to be very different.

We had chips this time for the race, to help the lap counters and there would be lots of lapping going on. Off we went. I had been told to definitely not take on the 10,000 as 25 laps in the lead is a very hard lonely place to be. So I took up   2nd place and was pulled around 15 laps at near 5k pace. Then the same Portuguese Lady who won the 5000 m’s took off. No way could I follow. Apparently, Stewart tells me that she surged for about 200 m’s then settled down into the pace that she had been running before. We had both had to lap many, many runners. I knew that I was in a fairly comfortable Silver Medal position as I had already lapped the Japanese lady who was lying 3rd.  I was certainly very pleased when the race came to a conclusion and I again realized that I had another Silver Medal under my belt. I can vouch for the 25 laps being very different to running a 10k on road!!!!

The Portuguese Gold Medallist was a very strong runner and I noticed in the 10k how relaxed she was when racing, in particular her hands.

Another, rather long waits for the presentation of medals.  I knew what to do this time; the Silver Medallist is the one who leads the procession to the podium. Again, we had to hold the Portuguese flags! Again, I was the tallest by far. Stewart tells me that I would have made 2 of the lovely Japanese Bronze medallist.


Off now to Riccione Stadium, which was a bit of a trek, being the furthest stadium away from where I had just ran. Feeling rather tired this time both mentally and physically and not happy about having to stand up on the bus for the next 15 mins, having just stood to wait for the bus too. But the purpose of the visit was to get the medal engraved and to eat lunch.

Job done, time to come home, which we did the next day.

If I had known better I would have stayed for the relays. I certainly would have had a chance to run in the 4x 400 relays, as someone slower than me was in the team and they won a bronze medal. But next time I will know what to do!!

The next Worlds, 2009, are in Finland. I have never been there, but I do understand that it is quite an expensive country and also I shall be right at the wrong end of my age group. 2011 will be Sacramento, which I am sure will be very well run.    
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17/09/2007 at 13:37

World Championship Silver Medallist


Just keep saying it

17/09/2007 at 15:10
Awesome report Ceal! What lovely memories to cherish. It sounds to me as if a trip to Finland may be in the offing.......... Well done again you superstar.
17/09/2007 at 16:51
Fantastic to read the reports, ceal. Looks like Finland AND Sacramento then!!
17/09/2007 at 23:34
A good report Ceal, and interesting to see that we don't always 'know' all the rubrics but havce to learn them.  Relay team next time?
18/09/2007 at 20:01

Thanks for the report ceal, great reading

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