I travelled 40miles for yesterday's 10k having only heard about it as I overheard 2 lads talking about it at the Preston 10 last week. Having been running regularly for about 3 months, so still 'new' to running, and on a complete whim (that should read "the Mrs saying 'Do what you want'") I thought I'd check my progress so far and give a 10k a whizz.
I was pleasantly surprised. Having played a fair few years of football I'm more than happy to get changed in the boot of my car. In fact, it adds to the experience and I'm not sure I'd expect anything less...as long as people are happy to see my shiny white behind as I slip into my cold weather leggings it's good enough for me!
Pre-race I was under no illusions as to where I needed to go. I arrived at 10am and followed the masses. Race number collected...I used the list on the wall and then spoke with the lovely ladies who gave me my number and jokingly moaning at the person's hand-writing who wrote my name on the back. I think she said they were an accountant. Explains a lot!
Back out to brave the elements...I rememebred the way back to the car park for a quick change, toilet stop (Port-a-loos an excellent idea!) and half a Mars Bar (I'm watching what I eat you see...and deep fried the other half for lunch).
The race was clearly sign posted. Marshalls were friendly and well spaced, some clapped, others shivvered. It all added to the experience. To be honest I'm not too fussed whether they did clap or not. I was there for me, for me to run my little heart out. I'm not sure I needed clapping. A cup of bovril half way round wouldn't have gone a miss though
Good race. Undulating? A little more than I'm used to, but with a kick at the finish I rocked in with a PB of 8mins 30secs, just over 50minutes! I'm not sure I'll ever see those guys who were finished and at home as I collected my T-shirt but I can dream. And a lovely T-shirt too. Probably the best I have received in my short 'career'.
Wesham RR I thank you for the experience. If you host the event next year I shall be there. Keep that £100 in your pocket though...I'm not gonna be challenging for that just yet!