Like a couple of others on this forum today, I've run in my first 10k event. Mine was at Highclere Castle, brilliantly organised by Newbury Athletic Club.
We arrived a bit too early, my husband and I, and had to sit in the car for a while after collecting my race number and chip. At that point, I was getting nervous. Not helped by the race announcer saying 'at least 95% of you have run this course before'. Aargh!
It was a lovely morning though, sunny with some cloud, not too hot. I set off towards the back of the field. It was a lovely course around the castle grounds and estate, passing right in front of the castle at one point. It was quite hilly, up and down fields where the grass was quite long (tricky) and woodland paths, some tarmac'd roads as well. Lots of lovely support from the marshalls.
I wasn't last, by a good 5 to 10 minutes I think. Husband was there to cheer me at the finish and take photos of me with my medal. The medal is lovely, very substantial and heavy. There was also a free runner's water bottle given out at the end.
My time was 1:16:59 (that second being sooooo important!) and I'm ok with that as it was hillier than where I usually run. I feel great and have just had a celebratory glass of prosecco. Cheers!