I was volunteering on the bag drop before and after the race, and as usual there was a late rush to drop bags but I left the hall with 10mins to spare for a bit of a warm up jog with Jacquie Kent, before lining up about mid way down the field. I was just thinking this would be a steady run with Endure 24 solo coming up on Saturday, so set off up the first hills quite slowly, but gradually catching people along the way. Approaching the 5k water station I was with Lina and Jacquie but I needed to drink water and walked a few paces and Jacquie got away. I managed to pace myself off her all along the road to Eversley, but was starting to feel the heat a bit before the welcome sponge station. The push up the hill past Waitrose was hard work, but I managed a bit of a sprint to the finish line to finish in 51 minutes. Nearly 4 minutes slower than last year, but then I had not long finished training for London, whereas this year has been more about really big miles to get ready for Endure.
Highlights of the race were running reasonably comfortably ahead of my ‘A’ race and seeing so many friendly, faces both on the course and from the amazing SJ marshals. It gives me such a lift to get such great support. Back in the hall with Chris Lambourne, who also ran, we were given high praise by lots of runners for both running and volunteering. Another great event.
As always, the Yateley race has a great atmosphere – really friendly number pick up and everyone there is out to enjoy the race. Being a fairly hot evening, I went into the race with no expectations for achieving a target time, my race plan was to start steady and try and enjoy it! For once, I managed to follow my race plan and went through the first 3km in a fairly easy pace. I could still see a group of red Sandhurst vests ahead of me and just tried to keep them in sight. As the race progressed I still felt pretty strong to pushed on a bit managing to pass a few other runners. The last 2km of the course are as always the toughest and as I reach the school field again, I could hear the announcement that we were close to the 40 minute mark – a final sprint to the line and I just ducked under 40 minutes (by 1 second!) – achieving a long standing personal goal for Yateley. One of the best organised races of the year – excellent on course support and brilliant marshals as always, a real credit to everyone involved.
A superbly organised race with friendly volunteers from the moment you arrive and get your number, all the way through the course to the finish line and then on the way out too! Loved the run, lots of sandhurst friends to chat to on route and always love the ‘well done Sandhurst’ cheers from the crowds.
I only picked up my place a couple of days before the race but am so glad I did. A lovely start to the evening giving out race numbers, there is such a buzz in the hall beforehand followed by a great run with brilliant support around the course as usual. Highlight of the run this time was crossing the line to find that Josh had won the Fun Run