Tempo Events Winter 10k Series Race 5 – The first timers view

After spectating at the Ilmington 10K in January I decided that I would brave it, for the final race of the series in February. How bad could the infamous hill be??!! Having only done one other 10K last year and not being much of a runner, for some crazy reason I thought it would be a good challenge.

Race day arrived I registered and then went for a little warm up jog, it was a dry clear day but with quite a breeze. Start time came and we were off, following the anti clockwise route, so the ‘hill’ was soon upon us. Having only heard tales of Larkstoke hill I knew to expect something long and steep, but that still didn’t quite prepare me for how it just keeps going up and up, just when you think the end is in sight it goes up again and the breeze certainly wasn’t helping that day. After attempting to jog but mostly walking the hill accompanied by many others, the welcome face of Russell Morey cheering us on at the top was a welcome boost after the major task was complete and a feeling of relief that it was just less than 4 miles, of mostly downhill to the finish. I could take in the scenic countryside views from here on and begin to enjoy the run a little more. Passing some horse riders at one point who unfortunately wouldn’t swap with me…. With the finish line in sight I found an extra boost to pass a few people and slightly improve my placing. I then handed my timing chip back in and collected my sausages a very welcome treat for when I got back home.

I thought this was a good challenge and will definitely be back this winter hopefully to earn the ultimate prize of the winter series hoodie. My official time was 1.10.39 in position 309 / 354, I was very pleased with this achievement and I now have something to improve on for next year.

Lily

Name                   Time           Position

Martin Potter    00:50:00        73
Erin Roberts     00:52:11         106
Jayne Perry       00:52:47        112
Rob Williams    00:54:02       128
Julie Brown       01:06:27       277
Lilly Dewhurst  01:10:39       309