I'm posting this on here as 4 C25kers did the 10k at the Brighton Marathon and if, like me, you have no Marathon ambitions but would like to join in this is a fantastic experience.
I met up with the marathon crew at the expo the day before and we went out for a meal and a drink before retiring for an early night, it was great to put faces to names and they were all lovely.
The 10k started at 8.30am, before the marathon, which meant a very early breakfast before the 25 minute walk to the start line. I managed to meet up with Steve in the yellow pen for the over 1hr start (oh my goodness it was SO muddy we must have each had a couple of kilos of mud on our shoes before we set off !)
We set off at 8.30 exactly, running past all the marathoners coming up for their 10am start. The course was nice and flat, round a couple of small parks before going down to the seafront away from the pier, turning, and running back to finish just past the pier. The weather was gorgeously sunny but getting quite warm by the time I finished (not so good for the marathon runners) I did my stretches while waiting for Steve to finish and then we went to the Cancer Research tent for a quick drink before going back to our hotels for a shower and change of clothes. We then had plenty of time to get the marathon tracking app up and running before the first of the C25k marathon crew got to the halfway stage. It was fantastic to see them all as they went past, all looking very fresh at this stage and we cheered like mad. Once they were all through that point we took up a new position by the 24 mile mark where we found a clear space by a bus stop and where I stayed for the rest of the afternoon screaming and shouting at 'our lot' and random strangers. It was so exciting and entertaining and I would definitely recommend it as an alternative to running the 26+ miles. Hats off and mega kudos to those brave enough to run. C25k to marathon....it can be done but I'll take 10k any day !