Race Day

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.



To celebrate I decided on two chocolates to represent the course, seemed like a good idea!Frying pan

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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19 Responses to Race Day

  1. madhat2014 says:

    Laughing at the old lady category. LOL

  2. Glad it was a good run…even if the PB escaped you.

  3. CeeJayKay says:

    Oh Shaz! Well done! I swear 10km in this weekends conditions must feel a lot further!!! No? Inspiring babes and stuninng poisition… WOW!!! Well deserved 2 chocs!!!

  4. Helen Liz says:

    Excellent racing. The evil headwind seems to have taken the enthusiasm out of many legs.
    I think 2 chocolates are well deserved – well done 🙂

  5. mawil1 says:

    Well done for getting out there in this miserable weather! I think under an hour is pretty good too! 😀

  6. iwalkicycle says:

    Oooh well done! It is super chilly out, even without the wind!

  7. winsometahn says:

    Well done on the placing – and the time sounds like it was pretty good too! Two choccies definitely earned.

  8. Ice_Badger says:

    Well done 🙂 2 chocolates is definitely well deserved!

  9. Well done! I know what you mean about speed in the ‘old’ legs post marathon. I like the description of the frying pan shaped course and two chocolates are definitely called for 🙂

  10. Loupie says:

    Well done, you certainly deserve those chocolates

  11. A flat Devon race. Well done on finding one, and on the result.

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