‘Sunday started with glorious weather which proved perfect for the Fleet 10k. I have been competing in the 10k now for numious years in fact probably more that 30/40 years, the race is called the (Peter Driver Memorial 10k) and it used to be held at Tweseldown racecourse.
The 10k has now progressed to Fleet and moved on with time. The race started at 09.30 and I noticed a few Sandhurst Joggers runners, however I don’t understand why being a local first class event there isn’t more SJ representation. Car parking is available for numerous cars and its free on a Sunday. The course is a 2 lap 5k race, the first 2k is downhill, the next 3k is undulating. The course is well marshaled and they are very generous in their support.
I tried to run both laps in a equal time, my times were 23:05 mins for the first and slightly more for the second at 23:56 mins. Overall there were over 600 runners and I managed to take 198 place. I was pleased with my run and very impressed with the organisation from Fleet running Club. Next year I hope to be entering providing I’m injury free.’
‘A nice local race with the weather forecast looking perfect for an enjoyable event and it was lovely meeting up with so many of our friends from Sandhurst Joggers before the start. I had already run Rushmoor Park Run Saturday morning followed by the Halloween Brutal Saturday evening so I was looking for a steady run and to just enjoy the atmosphere.
This was one of a few 10k’s that I am running with my wife Liz on her journey to her first Half Marathon in January next year, she was awesome but I’ll let her report tell her story.
For me it was a lovely two lap route with very friendly marshals and a good crowd especially when running down the high street. Personally I would not call it flat especially when you turn left at the station where there seemed to be more gentle gradients upwards than downhills with a more leg sapping steeper climb just before you turn left back on the high street to start the second lap. It was OK as I like hills. The crowd cheering at the finish was great with a nice medal presented to you by the Scouts. If I can fit it in I’ll probably be back next year.’
Liz Ujszaszi Evans
‘Well what a difference a week makes, a beautiful day for my first Fleet 10K and third ever 10K! Arrived quite early to collect our race numbers and bumped into lots of lovely SJ’s, so lots of chat before the race. Then we were off, really really enjoyed this route and so many supporters along the way. Marshals were fantastic too. Was struggling by the end again, that hill!! But again Nigel Evans kept me going and Dave Bartlett shouting encouragement too. Finished in 1.01.53, a PB by 5 mins 3 secs! Absolutely loved it.’
‘I enjoyed the 10k, especially the people of Fleet who were very supportive including a child dressed as Spiderman telling me ‘well done, you have done lots of running!’ The course was hilly towards the end but provides an extra challenge and I was pleased with my new PB!’
‘I entered Fleet on a whim after a new PB at the Camberley 10k. I really wanted to beat my time from Camberley and ended up setting off far too fast. After completing the first 3km in just under 13 minutes I had to make a conscious effort to slow down to actually breath! After that, I settled to a comfortable pace and just enjoyed the race. I’ve done the Fleet a couple of times before and being familiar with the course was a huge bonus as I knew when there were hills coming up (nothing on the Camberley ones!) and when I could increase pace a bit.
Overall, definitely recommend Fleet 10k. The community spirit is great with crowds most of the way round cheering you on. It’s mostly flat too so a good opportunity for a PB!’
‘My first running club was Fleet & Crookham AC, so Fleet 10k has always been a local race for me, but always had a love/hate relationship with it. 2 years ago I promised myself never again, and last year enjoyed watching with a Starbucks in hand shouting encouragement/abuse to my clubmates. The route makes it great for supporters and runners alike, going twice through the high street. This year I’ve found a new love for 10ks, so thought it was about time I gave it another go. I’m glad I did, as it’s great value, very well organised, and friendly, welcoming of all abilities of runner. It’s a 2 lap course with a few undulations…anyone who’s run it will know the temptation to go flat out over the first mile that’s downhill only to regret it as you reach the last which is uphill! There’s a nice medal, secure baggage storage, plenty of free parking and a nice medal, well recommended, this year made even better by perfect weather.’
‘I talked a few of my work colleagues into doing the 5 k as they had done a few park runs now and are starting to get the running bug. Met them in the car park and did a little warm up with them. Then collected my number and saw many Sandhurst Joggers. Including Dave Bartlett who was looking to run a similar time so decided to try and stay with him. We started together on the start line. My first mile was a little quick but it’s quite difficult when it’s a downhill not to go off to fast. Dave was with me and we were still together at the 5k mark. I was starting to tire but just keep going it was lovely to get a shout out from Fiona. It keep me going and I was determined to try and stay with Dave. On the home straight he just had a bit more in him but he was still within my sight. I dug deep and made it up the last killer hill to bring in my best 10k time this year. Thanks Dave.’
‘I was pleased to hear that Fleet 10k was going ahead, so I signed up straight away. The course is not that inspiring, however the support through the town is great including the abuse from Fiona and Jim!’
Sophie Le Saux
‘I have run the Fleet 10k for the past 3 years and it’s definitely a must in my running diary. Very friendly local race and very well organised. Really enjoyed it despite my slowish time!’
‘It was perfect running conditions, a really fresh, dry autumn morning. This is a very nice course, relatively flat so it’s no surprise I achieved my fastest time this year, not a PB, but a result to be proud of. This is the second time I’ve done this race and I would do it again.’
‘Having done fleet 10k once before about 6 or 7 years ago I forgot how undulating this course was. I entered quite late as I’d not done a 10k this year. I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular in my performance having hardly done any training for about 8 weeks after finishing Bolton Ironman so was thinking I was on for a potential PW but would try to keep an even pace at about 8mm and see what happens. I knew the start was down hill and in true style I did a fast first mile, trying to settle it down in mile 2. Feeling pretty good I thought I’d try and keep my average pace at about 7:30mm but the ups and downs were more frequent than I remembered so I excepted to drop off pace considerably on the second lap. I started lap 2 using the downhill to my advantage and started passing people, turning left at the bottom knowing the ups and downs were ahead of me, I was still feeling pretty good and passing people perked me up, I pushed up the hills passing more people and used the downs to pass even more, only two miles were left and I was feeling better than I did on the first lap. I checked my watch and my average pace was 7:29 so I told myself dig in and hang on as long as possible. Picking out people ahead of me as targets for the rest of the race. The whole time I wasn’t looking forward to the killer hill at the finish (I did remember this from all those years ago). I checked my watch and I was getting quicker, uh oh I’m going to blow up soon.. but I didn’t! One last push up that hill and a sprint finish to come in at 46:05. Not a PW. I was happy with that.’
‘Having plans for the weekend of the Fleet 10K I left my entry until the last minute. It wasn’t until I ran sub 50 at Camberley that I thought I’d be in with a shout of a new 10PB. Following a convincing run at the Cabbage Patch a week before Fleet I turned up with my watch set for 48:00. As I stood on the start line another runner came up to me with his 18 year old son and asked if I’d pace him to sub 48, so much for running my own race. I can’t help but think that as he sprinted off and left me at 9.5K’s he found the pace easier than me. All the same I was delighted to get over the finish line with a new 10K PB of 47:58.’