This was my first attempt at the Conductive Education 10k and I found it to be a very enjoyable event indeed. It was well-organised, friendly, flat, and was made especially great because there seemed to be teal everywhere! There were also BvH members as marshals, and support from many other BvHers and family members, so thanks to Laura Leslie, Simon Newman, Nicki, Alice and Grace Stewart, Claire and Eva Hammond, and Taz Yousaf (there may have been more that I didn’t see!). All in all, it was a great effort by BvH members to support this charitable event in every way.
I was super-motivated to run hard for this race, as we were at a party last night and my friend was showing us some old photos of a previous party we were all at a number of years ago. We were all amazed (and amused) to see a photo of me before I started running. I knew I was heavy, but the photo really shocked me and gave me a little more determination for the race today! I owe a lot to BvH for being a big part of helping me turn my life around!
Starting at the Conductive Education centre, this two-lap course is mainly on Cannon Hill Park, but extends onto the Rea Valley route, and a little onto the Pershore Road (but not much). In total, 175 people competed in the event, and 22 BvH members completed the course!
The conditions were pretty great for a 10k today, so I felt quite good for the whole race and was delighted to knock almost 90 seconds off my 10k PB, which I set in London this year. My time of 39:18 was my first sub-40 minute 10k, so I definitely felt that I had earned my Veggie Sausage, beans and mushroom brunch when I got home!
BvH women won the team prize, which was a great achievement. Also, to my knowledge and from brief conversations I had with people, PBs were also achieved by Jon Hammod, Antony Stewart, and Áine Garvey (sorry if I missed anyone, but well done to you all). All the other BvH results are below.
I would recommend this race to anyone, so many thanks to Martin Foster, who is the race director, and all the great volunteers/marshals for putting on a very successful 10k race.
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