Two down, four to go!

Two down, four to go!

Just back from the second of the six Olympic Park 10km series races. Although I had a Garmin failure at the start which meant I didn't record the first 600 metres or so, looking at the 'gun time' at the end, I have a feeling that I went round about 20 seconds faster than last months race. The official results are published in the next couple of days and I'm looking forward to seeing them. Looking for something around 1h3m40s.

A bigger field this time, around 200 plus runners with a very wide variety of ability indeed. Perhaps no more than 10 people finished behind me, but that's not important. For me I had two objectives, to bring my time down again and more importantly to go around at an even pace. Looks like it could be ticks in both boxes, so I'm pretty happy about that.

The organisation is first rate. There was a different "MC" this time who announced pre race on the megaphone that whether you smile or grimace, they look the same on the official photos, so you might as well smile! The course is three circuits of the Velodrome end of the park and the MC stood at the finish line yelling encouragement as we crossed the line. If you weren't sprinting to the line on that last lap, you'd have to answer to him! Tongue in cheek maybe, but it did make me put everything into that last 100 metres. One thing that's very important. Lots of people remained at the finish line and clapped home us tail Enders. I did the same for those that cam in after me. You could see it was appreciated and it's very much in the spirit of C25K. No elitist nonsense here.

And now I have a second shiny to go with the first one - and its a different colour too! I'm determined to collect the set. Next race takes place on the first Saturday in December. I ache right now, but the moment I get over that, I'll be looking forward to it again.

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  • Wow sounds like a great series to take apart in,I have medal envy and love the fact they are different colours. I too will be running first sat in dec up my nemesis but there will be no medal at the end for me. Congratulations on achieving both your goals too :)

  • Oh well done Rob! That's fab and another medal!!!! I was racing today and will be racing again at Parkrun on the same day as your next 10 k so we'll send each other positive vibes

    Your run sounds very lively, with lots of vocal encouragement. I missed that on my half m last week as it was very quiet. You need some support when you're having to dig deep

  • Well done you.. And what lovely medals :)

  • Well done Rob. That's a fine time you managed. There must has been a hell of a lot of fast people there if you were near the back! Looks like you're going to be amassing a very nice medal collection indeed :)

  • Thank you. The winner went round in under 35 minutes! I was lapped at about the 6k mark and the front runners were flying! It's a privelge to run with them and I always do my best to keep my ears open and move over for them.

  • 35 minutes!! Crumbs!! :-O

  • Oh we do love bling and you have a double helping! Great that the atmosphere was supportive and encouraging too. :)

  • Love, love your medals. Where are you going to put them?

    These races sound fab and such a great location. Good luck for the next one.

  • I'm going to put them where everyone can see them! I know that a bloke of my age really shouldn't be in it for the medals, but they really are a representation of the journey that C25K has set me upon. I never thought I'd be capable of this!

  • Show them off! I don't think it matters what age we are. We just love medals, prizes etc for our achievements. I bet we all remember what prizes we got in school!

  • Sounds like you ran fantastically today, I hope you get the results you wish for. Glad it was an encouraging crowd:)

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