There's a 10km race that is run near me (the start/finish line is about a 10 minute walk from my front door). It's in September - ages away. It's described as 'undulating' which, looking at the route, translates to 1 quite steep hill at about 1/3rd way round and a proper steep hill at about half way. Then pretty steep downhill on the home stretch. My usual running routes take in a couple of hills which - despite almost a year of running them - don't get any easier. Looking at last year's times I would be well towards the back of the race going by my current pace. I'm dithering about whether or not I should enter - or should I find a flatter course? I've decided I want to try for a half marathon next year on a flat course (to coincide with my half century birthday) so I want to get at least one 10km under my belt before then - just to get used to the whole 'race' experience. The reviews I've read about the 10km are all positive about marshalls, friendly for beginners etc so it could be a good race but the hills are putting me off. I'm thinking I could try it to see how I get on but it's quite rural and not that runner friendly normally - the roads get closed off for the race. Any suggestions/tips?
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