On Sunday I was Essex bound for the Harlow 10 Mile race. I had never run a 10 mile race before so this was a good chance to test myself at this distance. It would also be good preparation for the Great Scottish Run in September, which being a half marathon is 13.1 miles.
There was a quite a big field with 378 runners finishing the race. The route was predominantly along roads on a mainly flat course. Below are 2 fantastic photos of the start - if you click on them you can see bigger versions. The photographer Rich Kenington has kindly allowed me to post these. You can see his other photos of this event and others at www.theracephotographer.com/
On your marks.....Get set......
I really felt that I’d started far too quickly was really flagging by the 4th mile, before the halfway point! This was reflected in my mile split times but I kept on battling. I’d never stopped during a race and I was planning on getting into the habit today!
Somehow I got a 2nd wind for the last 3 or so miles, even posting my fastest mile split in the last mile. If only I’d had that much energy halfway through! It’s always easier when you know the finish line is within reach though. I even managed a sprint finish, and yet again almost caught the runner in front on the line but he just hung on. I finished in 11th place in 58 minutes and 25 seconds.
In the end I was very happy with my time as it was above my expectations before the race, even if I’d hoped for better than 11th place. It also suggests that I should have a very good chance of posting a sub 35 10K time!