Swindon 10K – 20th November 2011

Myself (Chris) and Margaret set off in the fog to the outskirts of Swindon this morning. We arrived in slightly clearer but cold conditions ready for an 11am start.

The course was two laps of a relatively flat course, although there were some gentle long drags.

It had warmed up by the start and there seemed to be a fair number of young, fit racing-snake types at the front.

Margaret and I had agreed to run at our own paces, I would have been really pleased with somewhere around 50 mins and Margaret was aiming for about an hour.

A steady first k passed, which was probably a good idea and then I got settled into a decent rhythm. 5k came in 25.20 just after which I learned you cannot really eat jelly babies whilst running. On the second lap I tried to keep the same pace for the first half and see what I had left for the last 2.5k. After a final sprint (?) for the line I finished in 50.18, the best of the three 10ks I have ever run.

I then went to see Margaret finish and she turned up fairly soon after. She finished in 54.46, which was good enough to win the veteran ladies over-65 (sorry Mags) class and get a bottle of bubbly.

A cup of tea and a bacon buttie before we drove back was very welcome.

A great event and course – the winner did it in 32.11.

Chris

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