Last night was the first of this years 3 Yateley 10k road races affectionately known as “The Yateleys” or the year “The Yatleys” after a typo by the bib printing firm 🙂 These races are held on the first Wednesday of June, July and August although this year on has moved slightly so check the website. They attract 1000 runners which is awesome for a mid week race and once you read my blog you will probably understand why.
Sue and I arrived about 6pm for the 7:30 start, I collected my race number and went for a wander. Saw loads of friends from the awesome running club Sandhurst Joggers including Chris who was as always Car Park King and Royston the First Aid Fella also had a chat with my friend John and his son and Ian and James as well as lots of others. This race is the place where I have met the most running friends (aside from my own club of course) and I absolutely love the friendly family atmosphere even the cheesy compare works. The fields were filling with runners sitting in the sun and children tearing around warming up like their life depended on it and Sue and I just chilled and chatted after a very busy few days.
Soon enough the race started and I got so many shout outs, I was wearing my club vest so that probably helped but I realised afterwards it never had my name on which makes me feel pretty popular this morning 🙂 The first couple miles were tough but I soon got into it and enjoyed it a lot from there on in, chatted to lots of people on my way and a couple families supporting too. I was running 8:30 min miles so pretty slow for me but more importantly for the first time actually running my foot felt normal so al good. As I reached the 9k mark I saw a marshal that I commented about on the last series, he is always at 2 points near the start and finish and alway uber happy and clappy and some cheesy “see you next month” type things, anyway this race I stopped to thank him properly and shake his hand, made him smile and made me feel good.
I ran into the school to the usual roaring crowd including lots of friends and through the finish to collect my medal. my awesome medal 🙂 my fave Yateley medal so far its absolutely gorgeous, whimsical and fun just like me haha. Plus I WON A SPOT PRIZE 🙂 I thought it might be a new Ford Fiesta or something similar but I was equally delighted to pick up my gorgeous matching mug. Top idea.
I also got water and sweets then saw my gorgeous Sue waiting for me. Gave her the sweets and said our goodbyes. We had a photo to deliver in Camberley and then grabbed fish and chips because we had been working solid all day and no time for tea.
I know I am running like treacle right now but I am enjoying it so don’t care, I know I am too heavy right now and not enjoying that so do care 🙂 I am working on my diet but its been a tough couple weeks with family stuff so gave myself a break but I am determined to get back to where I was and this was a great start.
If I rated my races (I used to but got fed up) haha I would rate The Yateleys as a 10/10 100% top marks. The marshals are great, friendly and plentiful, 2 water stops plus a sponge stop or sponge bath time as I call it, The crowds and support along the route are amazing, I think for 25 years the locals have really gotten into there summer Wednesday runners and its lovely to see them all sat outside there houses, parents with a upper and kids in their pjs as well as the locals in the pubs who all come out to cheer or possibly taunt us with their beers. Great race village and perfect parking (probably down to Chris)
Thanks guys for another amazing race, cant wait for July.
Not many photos because to be quite honest we are so busy at work that we don’t have any editing time 🙂
I should also mention they do a kids fun run. 2k chip times (YES CHIP TIMED) and they too get an awesome medal 🙂
Here are a few photos from todays race and unless mentioned otherwise they are taken by the very talented Sue Porter Photography I hope you have enjoyed my race blog and please consider using Julian Porter Photography for any photography requirements or events you might have coming up.