Sunday, 11 December 2011

Stockport 10 2011

When I ran the marathon in April, the first part of it included 10 miles. I have not run as far as 10 miles since. Until today.

The Stockport 10 is quite a famous local race, known for two reasons: it's hills and it's weird and wonderful goodie bag (which last year contained a meal worm, and this year a cod liver oil capsule... Amongst other things!). Today, those running - and marshaling - might well remember it for the water which fell from the sky in copious amount and - believe it or not - was stolen from the 5 mile water point along with the tables!! Seriously!

Despite the wet conditions, I gallantly (surely, yes?!) ran the full 10 miles and achieved a time of only 1.40.55, which I was very chuffed with as it was only 10 minutes slower than last year despite my 2 hour predictions!

But, that's not the only good news about today's race... There's more... Much more: 1. Stockport is technically in Cheshire so I have now completed the 4th race in my countyathon, covering Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire; 2. The Stockport 10 is the 3rd race on the club calendar for this year and is therefore another tick on the list of club championship runs; 3. I am currently in the lead of the Ladies' competition... And I will take the opportunity to celebrate whilst it lasts!!

So all in all, braving the rain was more than worth it, and I have a shiny, bright yellow technical t-shirt to show off at club tomorrow... What could be better?!..

What's that I hear you say?

Stuffing your face with pulled pork sandwiches, waffles with maple syrup and a mug of mulled wine at the Christmas markets? Well, yes... I'll admit it, that was pretty good and, of course, completely guilt free after a 10 mile race...

I LOVE running!

7 comments:

  1. Good running mags, countyathon still on due to technicalities....like it! ;@)

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  2. What a fab time and a funny race report! Was the water really stolen? LOL
    fortnightflo

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  3. Honestly stolen!!! It defies belief doesn't it!! Thankfully they left the cups so the local cattery kindly helped out with some replacement water!!! Lol

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  4. They stole the water. That's just mean! Great time, though, especially given your rustiness. Roll on Regents Park.

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  5. Well done you! Chuffed to see your name on the janathon list too. I miss Manchester now I've moved. Will look forward to reading your blogs in the new year. Ian.

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  6. Good to hear from you Ian, and same here... Am looking forward to finding out what everyone's up to during janathon!

    Louise... Tell me about it! Who steals water!!!!! Am very much looking forward to regents park, and am hoping I will be a little more less rusty(!!) by then too!!! :) x

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  7. I've only just seen this - terrific stuff! I don't think I've run that far since April either.

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