After the awful weather we had yesterday with the driving rain and gale force winds, I have to admit that I was not relishing the idea of running a 10km race in these conditions. But as luck would have it the conditions were near on perfect. Broken cloud, dry, the wind had dropped, there was even some sunshine albeit a little cold – but then it is February after all.
Its been a while since I ran a 10km race, especially on road. I think the last time was Bath Half in 2015 where I also left my beloved road trainers on the platform of the station never to be seen again. I haven’t replaced them since as I don’t run as much anymore, so today I ran in my Mud Claws on tarmac!
Longleat is a beautiful place, we are so lucky to have it on our doorstep. The race wasn’t the easiest, it was pretty hilly. There were 3 loops, each around 2 miles long which was a nice way to break it down mentally. I had in my head two goals, its always good to have a goal… So the first was not to stop at all and the second was to run it in sub 1 hour. And I am pleased to say I managed both.
The first hill, at the start of the race practically, was pretty slow. It was hard to get past the bottle neck of runners, always an issue at popular races, you wonder how much you could have shaved off your time had you been in a better starting position. The second lap had a very long ascent up towards the safari park (shame we didn’t see any wildlife other than Ostriches) and then there was a lovely downhill section where you could make up some time, and the final loop was the same as the first loop, that hill again.
My chip time at the finish was 56:37, I am happy with that. I enjoyed this race and will be back next year, nice medal too. Thanks Longleat, see you next time 🙂