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Race report: British 10k

Race report: British 10k

I know, I know, it has been 10 days and I haven’t had a chance to write my race report yet. I am shocked myself…

I was in desperate need of vitamin D and decided to elope for a few days to experience some sunshine and do nothing but hanging out by  the beach. It was bliss.

Back to the British 10k.

Actually, most of the action is before the race. The race starts on Piccadilly close to the Wellington Arch near Hyde Park. Getting there is a 1.5km walk from the bag drop area. This in itself is not that bad, even though with 25,000 runners (or how many made it out in the rain) that takes a while. Foolishly, I thought I was in the front half of the pack, there were so many people behind me, it was crazy. The whole of Piccadilly was just full of runners. And it’s a long road…

I am not quite sure if this was a royal guard brass band or just any brass band, anyway, they marched down Piccadilly right before the race and made it all look proper British… (it is the British 10k after all).

I was in a great position to see the start of the elite runners. In fact, I was in perfect viewing position seeing them set off. It was quite fun and I wished I had a camera… oh well…

Then came the long wait until I finally reached the start line. As I was just about to get started the announcer said that the first finisher reached the finish line. Nice…

The race itself was pretty uneventful. It rained. I got wet. I wasn’t too happy about that. At mile 5.5 someone run into me and he knocked my GPS watch off. He didn’t break it, but the watch stopped and I didn’t notice until a few minutes later. I don’t want to say it was a pushy race, but there were some inconsiderate runners out there… more than usual… might have been the weather. I get it. Rain makes me cranky, too.

The best part of course was getting my medal at the end. That’s what I ran for after all. 🙂

I might skip this race next year. It is way too pricey for a 10k, but then again you get to run on Piccadilly, through Trafalgar Square, along Embankment and ON Westminster Bridge. Big Ben actually rang 11am when I passed it. Maybe it isn’t that bad after all. And I believe a lot of the course is similar to the Olympic Marathon course.

So, I did it! I ran the Olympic Marathon course. LOL.