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Jim R. ran: An overcast Easter Su...
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- 6 miles
- 00:45 time
- 07:03 pace
- 1026 calories
An overcast Easter Sunday gave me the perfect conditions for my first 10k road race. An event which attracted around 2500 athletes of various abilities to the North East coast of England and what happens to be my regular stomping ground.
The race kicked off with the announcement that an Olympic athlete was competing today, and that plus the large number of harrier vests made me wonder if I was out of my league.
I put myself close to the front, but not too close and we started off at a good pace. About 200 metres in, the course went down a steep bank and as everyone else slowed themselves I threw my weight forwards and sprinted past them using the Fell Runner technique David Coxon showed me on Cheviot.
Last time I tried this I ended up going head over heels, but today I raced me past maybe 100 people and I heard someone talking about the maniac who was sprinting down the bank when standing around the finishing line.
Through the rest of the race, i sat behind a group of people, then sprinted 20 - 30 metres to the next group, sat behind them then took my chance to do the same and when downward slops presented themselves, I again used the fell running technique and threw myself past people.
Overall I'd say I gained ground throughout the race and only a few people passed me. I had added incentive to put in a good performance as my wife had my two little kids at the finishing line and my little girl who is three didn't believe anyone could run faster then her Dad. I knew I couldn't deliver a win for her, but I wanted to try my best and sprinted past where they were standing near the finishing line.
I pretty much managed a sprint finish too, beating a few extra people to the line and 44.40 is a personal record for me. Feeling great about my performance I went and found my wife and kids, with my wife's friends.
These friends had completed the race in about 34 minutes... it seems they were proper athletes and had placed right at the front of the field.
Still I was chuffed with my time and beat a lot of serious amateurs, and lots of harriers...