I did it! I completed the Leeds 10km!
It was tough at times, it was very hot and we were under the direct sun for much of the run. The last 200m was quite enjoyable though, I’d run through the finish line of any race! I’m very glad I did this, I feel like I’ve achieved a goal that a few years ago I would have thought impossible for me. I also raised over £200 for St Gemma’s Hospice which supports people with terminal cancer. And I got a little medal!
I signed up in December (or possibly early January) when it all seemed very far away and tried to start my training. It was difficult to know how much training to do, but a 10km is a walkable distance and I was running about 5km a few times a week so I was in better shape than a lot of people. Winter was cold and rainy, and there’s an annoying lack of street lights where I live. I managed to maintain a reasonably consistent regime.
I struggled in Spring as the weather was still terrible, with regular heavy rain but slowly increased the distances I was running and did a few 10km before the race. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to go the distance.
In the run up to the big day I felt that there was a lack of information coming from the race orgnisers. St Gemma’s sent me a fundraising pack and said the event organiser (Run For All) would send my race pack. My ‘race pack’ turned out to be my bib (the race number I needed to pin to my top), with no accompanying letter or instructions. Two days before the event I received an email from them with some more details about when to arrive and where to go. But, to me, that’s too short notice.
For the most part it was fairly obvious, but we had been split into three groups based on estimated finish time and each group had a different assembly point and start time. In the ‘green’ (slow poke) assembly area there were many reds and blues hanging around and people didn’t seem to have got the message about the different groups. We were also told to get to our assembly points at 8:45am, but we didn’t cross the start line until 9:40 and it was never clear what you were supposed to be doing for those 55mins. After going to the toilet there wasn’t much to do but stand in the hot sun.
I feel like I’m complaining a lot, these are small issues but they annoyed me. As a first time runner I needed some more clarity in what I was to expect on the day.
But I am very glad I did the run. I got my medal, and a goody bag with some protein bars, cheapo chocolate, and protein drink all courtesy of ASDA, the chief sponsor. We were also given a free T-shirt. No fitbits though, shame. I received a tank top to run in from St Gemma’s so that’s what I wore on the day. Once that’s gone through the wash I’ll frame it along with my medal and bib.