I didn’t decide to enter the race until the day before the deadline but was confident I had made the right decision, plus entry was only £10 so I thought this was a bargain.
On the morning of the race I rushed to get there with enough time to collect my number, however this was a straightforward process and I had a few minutes to spare before the 11am start. Therefore it was a leisurely walk over to the start. The race began and we ran off between scores of spectators across the fairground and off onto the road.
I reminded myself not to race at the start and to just enjoy the run. Running among loads of Burnham Joggers and Reading Road Runners tops I sped up as the road went downhill into a valley. I could hear the bloke behind me telling his mate he had no problem running down hill, only getting back up the other side. I had no such issues however.
The course was then pretty flat until a steady climb a couple of miles before the finish, which slowed me down. Still managed a sprint to the line and recorded a new 10k PB of 53:14.