This morning saw me getting up at a stupid time for a Sunday so I could get across to Hackney for the start of the Victoria Park 10k. We saw some other people heading to the start when we first got there and I chatted briefly with them.
My first port of call was to go to the portaloo. Turns out that it was a great decision as when I came out quite a queue had formed. Collected my race number and had the usual faff putting it on but then I was all set.
There was a slight delay in us setting off but they kept us updated. We were also reminded to secure our numbers on all four corners and to double knot our shoe laces. The person stood next to me summed it up when she just replied; “thanks dad!”
Much like Helen reported last week there was no gun or anything that I could hear just everyone started moving, slightly annoying but still. The course itself was three laps and wonderfully flat. The kilometer markers were clear, and the marshals friendly and encouraging.
My aim was to finish in under an hour. So I was delighted with my time of 57:50. I also managed negative splits all the way round, something I don’t think I’ve ever done before.
Collected my goody bag (there wasn’t a medal in mine at first 🙁 I had to go ask for it) and then went back to cheer a lady from my local parkrun over the line. Then we took a nice wander down to Stepney for a well-earned Wetherspoons breakfast.