I decided earlier this year that I wanted to try and complete twelve 10km events during 2018. Having already missed January this meant at least one event every month, with my first being the Cancer Research Winter Run back in February. My March race was supposed to be the Adidas City Run in Fulham but due to the “lovely” British weather this was postponed because of snow and ice!
So in search of a replacement race I decided it was time to try out a RunThrough race as I’d heard so much positive stuff about their events. Luckily there was a race in Victoria Park over the bank holiday weekend meaning I could sneak in my March race right under the wire.
With a 10.30am start and the park being relatively local for me I managed to avoid a massively early start and jumped on the overground to Hackney Wick. With all the different running shoes on display at the platform it was obvious that half the train were headed in the same direction so once we arrived at the station I just followed everyone else to the start.
On the day there were three events running simultaneously – a half marathon, the 10km and a 5km. Despite the three running at the same time the route never felt congested and there was a good number of people that I never felt like I was running entirely by myself. The route for the 10km is three laps of the park on very flat and wide paths – perfect for running.
Despite not having the best preparation in the lead up I realised after the first few kilometres that my pace was pretty good and I could be close to a sub-30 minute 5km, something that I set as a target when I first started running. Sadly with a tough fifth kilometre that didn’t happen but I did hit 31:15 so it’s close!
Because I pushed more than planned in the first half, the last 5km were a little tough but I was still really happy to finish in 01:06:47 – over two minutes faster than my previous best. I really enjoyed this run, it was really well organised with a straight forward bib collection and bag drop and not to mention a lovely flapjack waiting for you at the finish line – a good lesson for future events, i’ll definitely run for snacks! I’ve already booked up to run with them in April – this time around the Olympic Park!