Sunday, 9 April 2017
Salisbury Ten Mile Road Race
Here is this morning's offering- ten miles along the roads and lanes around Salisbury. It was Hard Work. Probably because it was so hot (about 20 degrees by the end). There were 850 competitors and several dropped out over the first five miles, some with injuries, some with heavy legs. The rest of us carried on, exclaiming to one another every now and then how Very Hot Indeed it was.
The water stations (at miles 2, 5 and 8) have never been more welcome. I drank/ chucked water over myself at each opportunity and was very grateful to have it. The marshals as always at these events did a marvellous job of keeping everyone's spirits up with encouraging words and my fellow racers were a generous bunch too- everyone encouraged everyone else, checked up on everyone and cheered when you did well.
The route was beautiful- the lanes around Salisbury run through beautiful countryside and the final two miles have fabulous views of the Cathedral, so it really was a pleasure to be there.
I met a couple of friends en route and ran beside them for a bit. One I last saw at the start of the Grizzly and is doing the London Marathon in a fortnight, so was taking today relatively easy, another (a daughter of a friend of mine) was running her first ten mile race today and she ran it brilliantly, including up both the hills (which I walked most of the way up). She finished a little ahead of me and I was very proud of her.
I took it steady most of the way and felt reasonably strong at around 8 miles so pushed on down the hill overtaking quite a few runners which is always nice, BUT, by mile 9 I was really starting to feel it and had to pull hard on my sternest 'keeping going' reserves not to walk anymore. By the point my GPS told me I had a kilometre left I was more than ready to finish.
I knew it wasn't far but goodness I felt every footstep of that final K. At last I turned a corner, saw M and the finish and steeled myself to run the last bit round the athletics track to the finish. From somewhere I summoned the energy to sprint the final hundred metres or so and crossed the line in around one hour thirty, fifteen minutes faster than I thought I might have been, so even though my bum and legs were telling me for heaven's sake stop! I was really chuffed with the result.
We have all the children, aunts, uncles and grandparents here this afternoon as F has turned 18, so when we got home I cooked up a huge meal and pudding for everyone and now I am about ready to fall asleep, only I can't because we're all off down the pub to celebrate F's 18th! I shall keep going till 8pm then that'll be it :o)
Hope you've all had a good weekend?