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Brighton 10k - an unexpected run with an unexpected result

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Fresh off of my 5k run in Bexhill last week, where I had been asked if I would like to take my brother-in-laws place at the Brighton 10k (I quickly accepted). I had little expectation from this run in terms of finish time and performance. I had not run 10k since those dreaded hills in the September Rother Valley 10k, so I wasn't even sure I had 10k in me.

However, a couple of pre-runs and I was confident that I would at least 'get round'. Brighton is the place I was born and grew-up, so the run was along a route as familiar to me as the back of my hand.

The run: flat. The conditions: Cold, with clear blue skies i.e. perfect. We parked in the Marina (4hrs free parking) which was only a kilometre or so from the start, and from the moment we stepped foot out of the car-park I saw runners. This was no GNR but for me it was the biggest event I had ever attended. There were lots of runners already wearing themselves out.. ahem, sorry... warming up, but running up and down the track. I couldn't get anywhere near the start line as the runners begun to line up.

As per my post from last week there were a lot of people looking round, calculating and moving further up the line. It was too cramped this time to really look around at anyone other than those in close proximity. The announcer announced, but I couldn't make out a word. He must have said go though as the people ahead began to surge.

For the first 500m or so, it was a case of dodge and weave but people soon found their pace and the run levelled out. A quick look at my phone showed I was going too fast. But I felt good. Keep going and when it inevitably begins to bite I will slow down, but for now enjoy it. The pier, the Grand hotel the i360 all passed in a blur.

The support was not too bad for 9:30am on a freezing cold Sunday morning and we were soon past the hove lawns and at the turning point and heading back towards the looming i360. 5k in and still feeling good. I decided to forget looking at the pace and just run by feel, and at this point I felt strong. We were soon back at the pier and past the start/finish line - those speedy runners already done for the day. Still never mind 8k and feeling fine. The next turn came at Black rock, by the Volks railway end station, and as I headed back for the last straight to the finish line I felt good. I started to pick up the pace a little and managed to pass a few runners. The finish line was in sight. At this point I did something I hadn't done since park run over a year ago, and certainly never at the end of a 10k: as my daughters put it, I 'turned the taps on'. Yes I actually sprinted to the finish line, gaining a few more places on the way. At this point I felt invincible. I gratefully took my goodie bag and proceeded to go and find my family.

I got a new PB. A great end to my races this year, a two-week break and then head down for some roseabi inspired HM training. I am looking forward to it massively now I feel I am in such a good place.

I have now completed 4 10k runs in total. All of them this year. My first, in May, was tough but I was happy as my starting point. The second, during the July heat-wave was tough. My training had been spot on, but in the end my body could not cope with the heat and I walked part-way. The third was hampered by injury, and the run itself was the most hilly route I had ever done. A fair bit of walking involved and just relief to finish. But this one, one that I hadn't specifically trained towards was perfect. Everything came together. It had been the race I had envisioned back at the beginning, when I first started running.

Of the event itself, I will say a couple of things: well organised, good turnout. If you like a nice flat run and some iconic landmarks and sea breeze then this is for you. However, if you like your bling then this is definitely not a must have. The medal (above) was a disappointment. The other thing I would say, it being Brighton and all, is that I was surprised we were given a plastic carrier bag at the end with medal, water and banana in. Easier to dish out sure, but not exactly in keeping with the City's green credentials. Moan-up aside though. This race was special and I think I will be back next year

19 Replies
roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Wowsers, well done!

This totally passed me by, I think I only remembered it when I saw you were running in it! Maybe I'll give it a go next year...

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

The website states it is Brightons oldest 10k. I had never heard of it either till my BIL asked if I wanted his place. However, it had a good turn out.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Whatsapp

I knew about it but forgot 😂😂 I remember it being cancelled due to a storm a couple of years ago. How did you find the weather yesterday? It seemed a bit breezy later on..

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Perfect weather for me. It was cold, but bright with a (very) slight breeze.

Decker
DeckerModerator

Nice work! That’s a great feeling when you just decide not to check the numbers anymore and just run because you are feeling good.

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to Decker

True. No point trying to chase the pace. If its going to happen, its going to happen.

secksy34
secksy34Marathon

wahat a fab post :) well done on your PB , and your bling could have been worse , it could have been a plastic water bottle with chelmsford 0k on it lol which is exactly what my hubby got on sunday :P xx

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to secksy34

1st 5k race I did had no medals, just a free pint 🍻

Sounds like a really super race to end your year. Not one you had ether planned to enter or train for and yet your body was ready for it in a very special way. I am so glad that you have now run a race the way that you always thought races should be! Congratulations!

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to over61andstilltrying

Thank you. I think for once I just got it right. Hopefully, I can carry that over in my next one

MutleyShuffle
MutleyShuffleHalf Marathon

Well done Whatsapp, sounds like a great race! Congrats on your new PB 🤗🏃🏅🎉

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to MutleyShuffle

Thanks MutleyShuffle good luck with your HM training.

MutleyShuffle
MutleyShuffleHalf Marathon in reply to Whatsapp

Yes you too! 👍😊

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon

Great write up and congrats on your new 10k PB! It's great when everything comes together and you get one of those special runs! Sounds as if it has been a great year for you - good luck with your HM training too!😀

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to Sandraj39

THank you Sandraj39 I look forward to starting.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Sounds like it went really well Being able to sprint finish is really fun 👍😃🏃‍♂️🏅

Often the bling isn’t up to much but the good bits make up for it 🙂. A race with interesting views is a bonus 👍

Congratulations on the PB 💪👍😃

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

Thanks misswobble I love being able to sprint finish. So much better than wheezing over the line.

I was surprised at the bling considered this was cited as Brighton oldest 10k. Oldest medals too by the looks of things...

aliboo70
aliboo70Half Marathon

Fantastic run, got to love a new PB especially when it's unexpected 😊x

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WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to aliboo70

So rare its ever at one of these events either. Makes a nice change!

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