I love running around Victoria Park. So, when my training plan told me that I had to do a 10k race this weekend I was delighted to find out that there was a race literally 10 minute walk from my flat.
About the Organiser
Runthrough is an events organiser that you should have heard of if you are a runner, and if you race in London then you will have almost certainly taken part in one of their events. They are very well put on and have some fantastic volunteers. Their finish-line goodies are very tasty as well.
The course is almost in the shape of a pork chop, it is flat as a pancake, and you have to complete three laps of it. This is probably the right amount of laps for me as I get bored of laps, I wouldn’t want to have to complete six and a half of these – which is the half marathon distance.
How Did It Go?
My training plan told me to go out between 7:00 and 7:30 per mile pace. I wasn’t sure what kind of condition I was in as I really enjoyed the Christmas period, so I hoped to be able to hang onto the 7:30-mile pace and maybe see how that went.
I started off too fast (7:09, 7:11) for the first two miles, so I tried to slow down a bit so I wasn’t completely dead on my feet by the 6th mile.
I finished in 72nd place out of a field of 394 with a time of 44:08. I finished 7th in my age category.
I’m very pleased with that time, I’m obviously in better shape than I initially thought. I just need to work on shifting a few stones that I’ve put on over the previous year.
Runthrough does put on a very well-run (excuse the pun) event and they offer some nice little treats at the end (check out their Bounce balls and world-famous flap jacks). They also regularly change the design of the medals.
A word of warning though: Their prices are rather higher than other events in the capital. £26 for a 5K is considered rather steep in my eyes.