I run a bit of distance and I enjoy it but I’m also one of those odd runners whose favourite distance to race is 5k. Yes, I said it, I LIKE 5ks! I especially like 5ks that are inclusive and don’t cost an arm and a leg to enter, the Bramcote 5k & 2k Fun Run ticked off both those boxes.
Add in chipped timing with mats for both start and finish, enthusiastic marshals and volunteers, a pretty course with a few inclines to keep things interesting, a medal for the bling collectors, and a banana at the finish and this one is near perfect. The only thing not so nice was the dropping temperature throughout the evening but that’s English weather for you and it does make for good conditions once you are actually running.
My right calf was feeling a bit tight from the previous night’s running club hill relay session so I had no expectations of time…pretty much settled into a comfortably hard pace and smiled for every camera I spied 🙂
Imagine my surprise when I started approaching the finish line and noticed the timer showing 22:58…Not terribly far off of my 5k parkrun pb on a much flatter course. Of course the counter clicked over to 23:02 before I crossed the mats, makes me wish I’d pushed a wee bit harder! Final numbers: 23:02 gun time, 22:55 chip time, 31/181 overall, 6th place woman, and 4th in the female V40 category. Not bad for not racing…Well, not racing until on the final push in and realised I could pass another woman (not competitive then, lol).
What is your preferred race distance?