Yesterday I took part in my first race - the King's Head Canter. It's 5k on the back lanes between the villages of Chiddingly and East Hoathly. I'm church organist in East Hoathly (and sometimes Chiddingly) so I knew lots of people in the race and watching.
It was tough! I run regularly at Hastings parkrun which is very flat and whilst I knew this was pretty much all uphill for the middle 3k I wasn't fully prepared for what a challenge that would be.
I set out with an idea of the pace I was going for and all was going well for the first km then the incline began. By the time I got to the top both my mind and my body were telling me I had to stop and walk. My son's step-mum came past me encouraging me to start running again. Afterwards she said how surprised she was that I didn't go with her but I just couldn't be bothered. I'm not sure I possess the competitive edge that you need to push through in situations like that. I didn't feel any urge to beat any of those around me and I knew my own target time was long gone 😔
Managed to run again but stopped twice more. Put on a decent sprint finish in front of the spectators though 😁
Finishing time was 27:40 which actually is only 45 secs slower than my parkrun PB so I'm not too disappointed. My 13 year old son ran as well and finished in 30:02 a full 2.5 mins quicker than his flat parkrun PB so I'm very, very pleased for him.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon though was reserved for a lady who has lived in East Hoathly all of her life who walks the race every year. She is well into her 80s and completed the course in just over 1 hour ❤️
All in all it was a fun experience. There were lots of very fast club runners - 1st male 15:16 first female 18:24 along side runners of all ages from the villages. I just need to learn to run uphill 🤣