So, with layers back on, I headed off with Pete and Sara, from Running Club, to Stockport to take part in their annual 10 miler.
This race has a rather infamous goody bag attached to it, that is hilariously marketed by the club in the weeks running up to the race with a variety of videos showcased on the club's own website, Run Britain and Marathon Talk. Obviously, with all this exctitement and mystery surrounding it, I was very much looking forward to my very own Stockport 10 goody bag at the end of the race... and I wasn't disappointed!
1. A lollypop
2. A Puma transfer tattoo (that makes you dead hard and scares little plastic men away...see)
3. One (yes, just the one) blue, plastic glove.
4. 3 months reduced membership at a local gym
5. A sticker which reads 'I've just run the STOCKPORT 10 and p***ed off a load of motorists (which is very accurate!)
6. A little bag of salt, pepper and brown sauce
7. A dog biscuit
8.A penguin biscuit (not pictured because I ate it in the car on the way back! and mine wasn't magic, like the one in their video - unfortunately for Macvities, who would sell a lot more if they transported you to New York when you ate one!)
9. A meal worm... no, you read that right... well, to be fair, 2 meal worms! Look...
As you can see, there is also some lo-salt, heel balm, a Sweatshop voucher and a banana and bottle of water - which, any good race organiser will know, are essentials at the end of a race!
"That's great Maggie, what a fantastic goody bag" I can hear you saying, "But what about the race itself, how did you do?". Well, that is a very good question my friends. And the answer is - Great! I was really pleased with the race... My time (90 mins) was good for the icy conditions; I was only 4 minutes off my previous 10 mile race at Swinton, which wasn't half as hilly. I also really enjoyed it; it's a lovely route that takes you through some nice estates - certainly nicer than Moston! - and even through some beautiful countryside trails at one point.
I should also mention there were a couple of MASSIVE hills - hills are NOT a friend! In the warm up, we'd run up half of the one at the end, however no-one had informed me of the very steep hill that followed a long, slow incline after 5 miles... in fact, running along alone did not deter me from exclaiming, out loud "Oh my word!" ... I am a polite, lonesome runner, even when in shock! Of course, there's nothing for it, I assume the hill-ready position - head down, arms straight in front, big, deep, belly breath, jelly baby in - and run! On the plus side, there was a great down-hill at the end of it!
Before I go, I must mention the Marshalls, who were fab; I always find they can really make a race, especially one as long as 10 miles, as it's not like the big, over-
All in all, I had a throughly enjoyable morning and all achieved after a night dancing (a lot) at my work's Christmas Party, and a rude awakening from my drunken other-half at 3.30am in the morning because he'd forgotten his house keys!
It's alright... I'm typing with one hand now... the other is already giving me a big pat on the back!!
Distance: 10 mile race, 13 miles (including the warm-up)
Weather: Icy and frosty