Ronnie Bowker Foundation 10k – Cannon Hill Park, 22nd April 2013
A rather belated report for the inaugural running of this race… The day was chillier than expected but not bad for racing as a mix of 215 club and fun runners lined up for the start of this event (including 4 BvHers).
We were faced with two laps of a course (that will be familiarish to ParkRunners) that started at the Lodge entrance to Cannon Hill Park and took us along past the old pub (Red Lion?) and down to the Rea Valley path which we followed out (into a headwind) as far as a (hand-sling round the) bollard at the bottom of Kitchener Road and back the way we had come until the back of the Nature Centre. From here we did a small loop out to Pershore Road and came back into the park from the public car park next to the Nature Centre. Then it was along by the lake, the MAC and the far side of the boating lake and looping back to the Lodge. X2. The finish was then just past the Red Lion as the track starts to drop down.
The event was well organised in advance but had a few teething problems on the day mainly due to an 11am start. The Park was busy by this time and particularly near the MAC it was difficult for runners to avoid people out for a casual stroll, children on scooters/bikes, duck-feeder, etc. There was also a lack of marshals in this area, which didn’t help! The out and back along the Rea Valley path was narrow and didn’t allow for easy overtaking, especially when other path users were present.
I was hoping for a 10k pb on the day but struggled the whole way round despite thinking that the course should be relatively quick – the winner’s time didn’t necessarily reflect my theory either!
The organisers were happy to listen to feedback so I think next year’s event will have addressed the concerns and it’s well worth considering this local event next year if you aren’t distracted by a small fun run down in London on the same day.
The winner was Ian Dempsey in 35:56
Ed Hartley (25th): 41:32
Stuart Mugridge (31st): 42:04
Martin Foster (77th): 48:13
Áine Garvey (121st): 53:15