Chris Harlan-Marks reports: I decided in a moment of madness to take part in the Foundation for Conductive Education 10k, despite having run in a rather punishing cross-country race the day before, as my mom was in town and she wanted to watch me in a race.
Having run this race in 2008 and 2009 I was expecting lots of cake and general friendliness. Fortunately, I was not let down in either regard this year. (Rob will be glad to know that I stayed away from the baked goods until after the race this time…)
There were 13 BvHers taking part in the end – no other single club had more than about 2 runners taking part – which was fantastic where support was concerned, particularly on the out-and-back stretch along the Rea Valley, as we all clapped and shouted each other when we passed on the path. I started off at a pretty ambitious pace (for me) but really started to feel the effects of the previous afternoon’s race during the last mile or so and invariably lost a lot of time. I still managed a PB though, so I was pretty happy with that.
Thanks to Martin Foster & co. for all of their organisational efforts yet again, and to all BvH runners who took part for being such a generally supportive lot. I will definitely be back again next year.
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