Yesterday I participated in the first Culloden Run - a 10K run organised by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. I joined 300 other runners to run 10 km along the minor roads around the edge of Culloden Battlefield.
The Culloden Run also included a 17.46K run (1746 being the date of the Battle of Culloden) with about 200 participants.
The 10K route followed a large triangle of roads with the first 4km being pretty level then downhill slightly. I spent some of the first few kilometres dodging and weaving, passing other runners - and being dodged and passed by others too, as we all jostled for position to cruise along with those running at a similar pace. It was great to see many of the local people from the scattered houses we passed, standing at the roadside cheering and clapping for us. I waved at any children standing out in the cold wind.
When we turned off onto the single-track road with passing places, the run got tougher as we had 70m of ascent over 2 km. Here I was thankful for all the times I've tackled the run up the hill back to my house and I managed to keep going on this section and I passed some who were taking a walking break.
I was regretting wearing the lightweight windproof jacket (it had been raining at the start as well as a cold wind) as I was sweating like the proverbial pig and I couldn't take my jacket off as I had my number pinned on it. I was not going to stop to start faffing about with safety pins. The top of the hill came eventually and what a relief.
So I was onto the last side of the triangle and an easy cruise home? Hmm, no! I Was feeling pretty tired by 7 km, but kept telling myself "It's only 3 km... easy, peasy, nothing more than you ran in the 20 mins block in Week 5!" I imagined Laura telling me to go for it and run tall! I kept running and soon the 9 km marker came up. Brilliant. I think I managed to increase my pace slightly here, but for the final 200m the finishers funnel took us off the road and across the grass. Running on soft grass, with tired legs, felt like running through treacle. I was so happy to cross that line and pleased to see my time according to my Garmin was 62 minutes. I was hoping I'd be able to run it in 65 - 70 mins, so I think 62 minutes is nae bad considering I could only run for 60 seconds when I started C25K 14 weeks ago.
Edit - Update: the official results are now on the website and give my time as 01:02:09.
Overall position 189 out of 276 runners.