Well today was my first ever event, other than Parkrun, the Bournemouth Supersonic 10k ! Full of aches this morning from hotel bed ( travelled from IOW) my back was giving me trouble and day before had been my neck! Sure is was psychological as after watching the kids racing so well this morning and then went back and changed, felt much more positive ! Last minute loo stop, also psychological as I knew full well I was fine really but a bit of a ritual when going anywhere ! Great atmosphere, everyone jolly and happy and the sun had come out beautifully ! Saw Boz off to the faster white pen, and got in the 1st of the blue pen sections, looking out for fellow C25Ker Karlotta, but I didn't manage to see her , hope you enjoyed it too?
The music was blaring from heart fm to jig along to, alot of people were running in groups, I spoke to the lady next to me who was from a coach load of runners, most of whom were running in tomorrow s half and full marathons, and we wished each other a good run countdown from 10 over the speakers and we were off! Well kind of cos it took a while for the front runners to all get going and then... Yay, first bit of jogging, kept it steady to Boscombe pier, though 2nd k was 5.52 which was a bit speedy for me, looped round at the Pier then back towards Bournemouth, all aches ok at the 4k mark, breathing good still, got high 5'd by a nice foam Macmillan hand attached to a nice man that bucked me up ! Lots of spectators as we approached 2nd pier, ran up and round this one which was fun and very comfy on those wooden planks, then 5k marker, only 2.5k til turn around point then! Getting a few little niggles but not many, the 1st runner heading for the finish came past me at 32mins, he was going some ! Water station with kids giving out bottle s at 6k, onwards, was determined not to walk if possible! Jolly steel drummers pounded away, filling folk with a bit of oumph to keep usgoing . Boz passed me on his return going well !The turning point was slow coming, but once there the wind was behind us and end in sight ! Lots of support and kids shouting kind words, got another high 5 from another jolly man and passed a cheering Boz as I made my way towards the finish, I sped up and did a good old sprint to the finish, nearly zooming into the radio dj! Yay finished! Forgot to look on time of official clock but my garmin said 1hr 2 mins or so, I was aiming for under 1hr5 mins so was pleased with that! Collected medal and goodie bag, then evil steps down to the park , bit stiff now I'd stopped, and found Boz not far away !
We trooped on back and watched the other finishers and clapped them in. met a lovely lady at the finish who chatted away and said well done, she's doing the half marathon tomorrow
unconfirmed time came through via texts, Boz 47 mins 24 secs and me 1hr 1min 50 secs! ! yay! My last 10k beaten by nearly 6 mins ! Wandered through the stalls and tried the free sports massage( for donations), where I found out my neck aches were genuine after all by physio ! Very knotted and tight, she said! Cold now so we headed back for hot shower, change then off to see speed of light 5k which started at 7pm. Lots of fast finishers, but also fancy dress, and the crowds favourite, an older guy in a mankini ! excellent ! And a whole load of people from America including 80yr old couple who finished hand in hand to much applause! Saw everyone finish then pub tea in Bournemouth where I had a nice veggie curry, though all I fancied to drink was sparkling water, ! that was my exciting day, should get a bit of time tomorrow to see some of marathons before heading home
update.! Couldn't post this yesterday due to Internet probs in hotel!
results in! 1hr 1min 50 secs ,773rd out of 1322, Yay ! Pleased with that, and boz was 154th! Off to watch some more soon as Hotel traffic VERY noisy, looking forward to quiet tonight!
Photo to follow, !