A nice earlier start (6.15 am) to have my pre-race breakfast and then it was off with my daughter who was my race support/official photographer.
(With my Get Ready To Rock! t-shirt – too warm to wear on the run)
(No matter how much spinach I ate I still couldn’t push this pesky wall down)
After the joys of trying to fit one of those pesky race chips onto my shoe it was time to line up for the off!
The race itself was perfect as I ran the whole distance, a first for me on this race at my fifth attempt. Nice to see the folk of Staines coming out to cheer the runners along and to see one of my former members of staff from my days at WHS in Staines. There was even some mad fool dressed in a lion’s costume although he finished way ahead of me.
A massive field with over 500 runners (when I first did a Staines 10K back in the 90’s there was just over 200 runners) and my finishing time was 1 hour 7 minutes by the clock or 1 hour 6 minutes by the chip on my shoe. Bizarrely exactly the same times as my 2010 run! The full results can be seen here (I came 451 out of 521 finishers)
If you want a first 10k I would highly recommend this race as it is flat and well organised with a good atmosphere. Plus for the serious runners they can clock up very decent times indeed – the winner came in at just over thirty minutes.
(Chuffed to finish with my finisher’s medal and t-shirt – small size of course!)
(Top support and photos by my daughter who seems overly pleased to be holding the race t-shirt)
An amazing day and £343 currently raised for Children with Cancer UK.
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