Today was the Royal Berkshire Green Park 10k and another opportunity for me to fine tune my marathon training and pace so I was pretty excited about this one, tied to the fact that it was an inaugural event which is always exciting and after reading their Facebook page for the past month or so I knew it would be a fab event too and I was not disappointed.
Sue and I left here about 7:45 because we were heading to Shirley to pick up our friend and fellow hiller Megan and then we headed off for a lovely drive to Reading which was very non eventful 🙂 We were allocated car park B which was about half a mile from the race and made for a perfect post run walk and quick escape too with zero traffic and considering there were probably 4000 people there it was genius.
We parked and walked to the race HQ and had a look around and then we met with the 3rd hiller running Chris, Meg and Chris then went for some shade so Sue and I headed off to the food area to say hello to our lovely friend Leanne or Cupcake as I call her, she was running her Vintage Ice Cream van Bluebell and it was a massive hit looking at the queues.
Time for a pee and the first negative, there were just not enough toilets, ok for us chaps because we could find a bush but not good then it was time to queue for the start and it was seriously crowded and we lacked space in a bad way the second negative but there were not many more 🙂 the start was probably amongst the worst I have seen which is a shame given how amazing the rest of the day was. Anyway we were off and I was very careful not to go mad. My instructions were to warm up well then start out sensible and then pick it up a bit to my “fast” marathon pace (this is the pace that I will try to aim for once I am half way through) I did this for the following 5 miles and enjoyed every mile, it was a race full of long gentle hills which suits me very well both in terms of training and racing and it was very warm which I don’t mind on the shorter races either. I did run between mile 3 and 5 with the over 65 winner of the VLM which was nice but as I approached the 5th mile we had slowed a couple times so I headed off on my own, I then decided to pick up the pace for the last mile and a bit, I think mentally I like to know that I left some in the tank so the last mile was quicker which felt fab although it did push my average pace down a little, my bad 🙂
As I ran in I saw the lovely Sue for the second time and then shortly after crossed the line and was handed a lovely bespoke medal and a goodie bag full of awesome treats and even a nice branded water bottle plus of course the lovely tech t-shirt, these people really know how to put on a race !! VERY well done guys.
I then met with Sue and waited for Meg and Chris to finish so we could photograph them, II had a couple of goodie bag treats and stretched well and then we all sat on the grass for a while before walking back to the car park all very happy.
The race/event itself was great overall 9/10 (would have definitely been a 10/10 had the few things been addressed)
Facilities 6/10 toilets were very poor bearing in mind the race size, I have been to races with less than 800 runners with twice as many
Route 10/10 loved it
Route support 4/10 but this is a geographical problem not something that anyone can take blame for
Race village 7/10 would have been 10 if there were more food and coffee options and less queues
Goodies 10/10 BEST ever
Medal 10/10 could have been bigger/nicer but its awesome I love it so no complaints
Spectator facilities 10/10 TOP NOTCH my wive loved it
Start/finish 2/10 sadly the start was pants but awesome finish, the start should have been much more spaced out and controlled, finish perfect
All in all it was a great race and for an inaugural event it was near perfect, next year I am sure these tiny things can be addressed and it could become one of the very best races here.
Loved today and cant wait for Liverpool next weekend.