Well, that's the first organised race under my belt, and the first bit of bling round my neck!
Run Jericho is a community 10k Race organised by a local school to raise funds. It's accredited & licenced by RunBritain, and well organised and marshalled. The field is limited to 400 runners, and all places were taken this year. The course is a really nice one, starting in the school grounds, going through the streets of Jericho (an area of Oxford with a lot of character), the grounds of Worcester College, Oxford University, then along the Oxford canal a short distance before cutting across the bottom of Port Meadow to the Thames, then along the Thames pathway up to Godstow, along the road there a short way, diverting back into Port Meadow to bypass the main part of Godstow (and add a little more distance), back onto the road, over a horrible bridge over the railway (that hurts after 5 or 6 Km!) then round and down onto the canal towpath back down to Jericho, where it breaks back out onto the roads and back to the school.
The weather was good, if a little warm, and the ground was mostly firm and reasonably dry, despite the torrential rain we had yesterday. One nasty surprise was at the top of the course, where it dips back into Port Meadow, where the course turned a blind corner and there was suddenly a very large patch of ground that had been muddy, had been badly churned up, and was *very* hard to navigate.
I managed to pace myself well, overtook more people than overtook me, and I finished in 1:04:26 ish, just 20 seconds outside a PB. Given that the course wasn't entirely straight forward, and that particularly in the early stages, the crowds and narrow access ways meant it was hard to run, I'm pleased with the time.
At the end I got my first bit of bling, and a free ice cream from one of the event sponsors.
I enjoyed this. I want more!