I did it! I finished a proper 10k road race. I didn't run the whole way, since half the course was steeply uphill to an elevation of 168 metres! I started off running it, but when I was overtaken by (what looked like) an octogenerian who was walking - although he was obviously a seasoned runner, I figured that it was time to walk too, LOL! I'd overtaken him earlier on, but he ended up finishing some way ahead of me in the end. I also overtook another lady and I couldn't hear her behind me after a while - but she finished too. I had thought that she was the last in, but when we were in the hall afterwards, for a very welcome tea and cake, they announced at about the 2 hour mark that the last runner had just crossed the finishing line - so I wasn't even second to last! Yippee.
The marshalls were fantastic - very encouraging - clapping and cheering and keeping you going.
The winner ran it in 33 minutes! He lapped me at about the 4.5k mark, which meant that he ran 10k in less time than it took me to run 5! Mind you he was a fit, young man and was a joy to watch.
Although I didn't run all the way (probably about 2/3rds in total) I am very chuffed that I managed the whole 10k, when 4 months ago, at the age of 50 and pretty unfit, I could barely run 100 metres.
I'm suffering now a bit, but planning a half-marathon next. But I'll choose one on the flat so that I can run the whole way.
Once again, I marvel at the success of this programme and its effectiveness. So, if any of you reading this have just started or are doubting that you can do it, DON'T! If I can do 10k in less than 4 months, you can get to 5k in 9 weeks. I promise.