Suz West reports on the first event of the Warwickshire Road Race League 2013: We arrived early at just after 8am,the race started at 9am.This gave us time to park and find the facilites which was a row of porto loos and a desk on the side of the grass.
As we lined up ready to go there was a sea of teal,however it seemed only bournville girls were taking part in this event!!! (N.B. Tom Walters was there as the lone rep for the men!)
The start was on grass I stood between the 40 and 50 min start as was hoping for 45ish,unfortunatley the grass set my hayfever off which I had not expected as it was rather cold and one of the only benifits of this stupidly long winter,no hayfever!We were off on what I had expected to be a flat course so as we made our way up a slight incline into some woods I soon realised a) this is not flat b)a night of partying before 10k is not good prepartion.
The start was quite bunched up and followed a narrow path through woods,i over took a few people but decided to just keep a steady pace.It was a very nice woods that led us out onto the out skirts of a golf course,slightly concerned a golf ball may swing my direction i speeded up slightly and enjoyed the flatter course now.This didnt last long we headed down an extremley steep hill,im sure i pratically slowed to walking pace,at the bottom the amount of dust dragged up from the runners was creating a dust cloud.This went in my eyes and didnt help with my allergy problem.
I was therefore somewhat relived to find we were now back on too the road,heading back out to the 6k mark the leamington crowds were out in forse and with your name put onto your number I enjoyed people shouting my name,i was quite amused by the people who couldnt prnounce Suz!As I go to college in Leamington but dont really know the area it was a great way to look around this town too.
The route now took us down to the canal were the faster runners could be seen heading towards the finish,I sore Linda in this group who gave me an encouraging shout out,thankyou :).We then looped back onto the streets of leamington before taking a very sharp turn back onto the canal,infact this course is possibly one of the bendiest ive encountered.The canal then took us back onto road,still with ample spectators alot of whom had take away coffees,I just wanted coffee by this point!!We made our way to the last 1k into a park I managed to speed up,but im sure my attemt at sprint finishing started a bit too early(i tried!).I crossed the finish with a chip time of 45.16 a 10k pb 🙂
Sarah and Linda had already finished,and Leonie,Jude and Lesley followed soon making up bvh leamington ladies.
The goody bag was water,a medal and a t.shirt that was small and fitted(bonus).Overall an enjoyable but twisty race,well organised and great support from the locals.
BvH Chip times:
Linda Howell 38.39
Sarah Rock 41.23
Suz West 45.16
Tom Walters 47.25
Jude Glynn 49.08
Leonie Clitherow 49.19
Lesley Pymm 56.45