Today was the event I was meant to race! Exeter’s First Chance 10k, last summer I did pretty much the same route and romped round with a massive PB. The aim was for another PB but I knew this was unlikely as since the marathon in October there is little speed in these old legs.
The route is like a frying pan, you start at the handle, do a loop round the pan, then the loop again and then back down the handle to the finish. It is flat, a bonus and unusual in Devon.
It was a cold morning but dry and bright.
Lots of club members turning up I think 13 in all. Most of them ladies who have taken up running in the last year and here they were lining up for their first race and a 10k at that. Well done to them.
The first part of the run went well, until we hit the top of the pan and headed back in to an evil, very cold head wind, coupled with muddy conditions underfoot, this made my progress sloooooooooooooow. I managed to make some time up when back on the outward loop but unfortunately the last 2 miles were in to that evil head wind.
The PB escaped me, which I am fine with, I was considerably under the 60 minutes something I never thought I would do. Once the results were published I was thrilled I finished 12th in my ‘old lady category’ out of 46, not bad at all.
Getting to the end meant we got a gym towel, very useful if I decide to go back to the gym ever. Love the personalisation.