Sunday, 14 June 2015

Women's Running 10K Series - Southampton - Race Report

This morning I travelled the 40mins or so to Southampton for the Women's Running magazine 10K series event. As per usual I got there stupidly early, parked up and made my way across Southampton Common to the start area. I had no idea this 320ish acre site was slap bang in the middle of the city - and very nice it was too!

After the 5K race got under way, the 10K girls gathered at the start line and positioning myself between the 55 and 60 minute pacers we set off.

Once I'd wound may way through the usual slower runners I got nicely into my stride. The two lap course was mainly on tarmac paths with a bit of grass and a deceptive long-long hill which I definitely felt in my legs!


At about 8.5K the 60 min pacer caught me, but thanks to Mr Garmin I knew she must be ahead of pace. It was definitely the incentive I needed and I pushed the pace and even managed a nice sprint finish over the line to finish with a chip time of 57.48. If you were reading yesterday you'll know that a sub 58min 10K was one of my 2015 goals!


The race had great organisation, with loads of water stations around the route, a quality medal and technical tee and an awesome goody bag! All the runners were also given a yummy whey protein shake from Everything But The Cow and soy ice cream from Wheyhey - Yum!


A great race and I'll definitely be back next year!

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