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Kenley 10K

My second race of the year was a last minuet substitution as the race I had planned to run was postponed until March at the last minuet, so after a frantic internet search for races in February this is where I ended up.

 Race Description

The Race was a 10km run at Kenley airfield that took you round the edge of the airfield three times plus an extra kilometre to the finish line.

This time I was running alone, and I wish I had thought to bring along my Ipod, most often races don’t allow this, but this race was completely off road and posed very little risk, and there were many runners there that were using  them.

Again it was a little chilly to start with, but at least I had a nice new pair of Inov8 Mudsocks to try and keep my feet warm! I had actually picked the right trainers for this run as well, a new pair of Nike Flyknits which are really light and very comfy. In this race I also tried out a new pair of X-Raceware shorts which have a pocket to put your race number, eliminating the need for safety pins – admittedly not really a problem in a road race but I wanted to give them test drive.

Cold but smiling, waiting for the off
Cold but smiling, waiting for the off

The Race

Me at the start line, cold but ready to go.

Waiting at the start (that's me in the orange)
Waiting at the start (that’s me in the orange)

The race organisers explained what we were doing, three runs around the airfield, then an extra 1km around to a war memorial to round off the 10km. After that we were off.

I have to say this was not the most exciting of races, three laps round got a little dull, and mentally I think I gave up a bit (hence my wish for an Ipod as I mentioned earlier). It was a really windy day and on my first lap around a race siding fell down on top of my leg. It was at this point that I realised how unfriendly this kind of running is compared to the obstacle racing that I had done previously – not one person near me at the time even paused to ask if I was ok!Luckily I was ok, and was able to carry on with the race.

On my second or third lap at this point
On my second or third lap at this point

Once, twice, three times round and at the 9km mark I checked my watch and realised that if I didn’t slouch off (which was tempting at this point) I could potentially finish in under an hour. This spurred me on around the final kilometre, and once again I was so happy to see that finish line.

Kenley Airfield 10km run completed
Kenley Airfield 10km run completed

I glanced anxiously at my watch, had I managed it in under an hour? I was thrilled to bits to see I had completed in 56mins, and when the results were posted I was also pleasantly surprised to see I had come 12th place in the female results list (results were split so I don’t know where I came overall). I actually couldn’t find myself on the list to start with, I was looking to far down!

So that was February’s challenge completed, and onwards to March where three races now awaited me…

Final time and Medal
Final time and Medal

 

Glow in the Park

This was my first race, it was a cold, dark 10Km in January.

Race Description

The race took place at Polesden Lacy which is a National Trust property in Surrey. It was an evening race, run in the dark in the light of your own head torch.

My husband agreed to run this race with me for moral support, and as we drove up to the venue the heavens opened and  we drove through a pretty horrific thunderstorm, which didn’t fill us with much confidence. At this point I had never run further than 8km in one go and I was feeling pretty nervous.

By the time we arrived the rain had stopped and the stars had come out, although the wind was still pretty bitter.

We had opted to run two laps of the 5km course and we were ready to go…

The Race

This is me at the beginning, nice and brightly coloured:

GlowInTheParkHelenStart
Clean, bright and glowing

The race was billed as being mostly on path, so after much discussion at home we both went for our road running trainers, this was something of a mistake as the race was almost entirely off road and I wished I had worn my brand new inov8 Mudclaws.

The race started off across some fields and quickly entered a downhill section, which thanks to the rain earlier in the evening, was really quiet slippery! I quickly regretted both my choice of shoe and the glow sticks around my neck – very annoying to run with.

I lost my husband early on in the dark so ended up covering most of the distance by myself. There were a lot of steep uphill sections and perilous running through woodland, keeping an eye out for roots and debris from the earlier storm, with only the light of your head-torch to help you along.

There were several times when I had to stop and walk, but at least the running had staved off the cold.

Up a final hill and across a field and the 10Km runners started their second lap. In a way I found that the second lap was easier, at least I knew what was coming next! It was a relief to cross the line, and get my medal, I then hung around catching my breath and waiting for my hubby to catch up (not long).

In the end I managed this tough but fun 10Km run in 1h15mins which was 70th place over all and 25th female.

The only criticism I could say about the timing is that they started all the times at once and clocked you back in at the end, so the people at the back’s times wouldn’t be that accurate.

Happy to be finished, enjoyable race
Happy to be finished, enjoyable race
The amount of mud took us by surprise
The amount of mud took us by surprise
First "bling" of 2014
First “bling” of 2014