Having finished all the big events that I’d got planned for the year, and promised I’d have a rest now, last weekend I found myself with race envy as I looked through the Strava log at everyone’s successes at races, with a touch of #FOMO I entered the Fenland Running Club‘s Fen 10 race for this weekend. Amazing that a race had spaces at that short notice. These days it’s almost unheard of that a race has entries on the day. I did get a look of disapproval from the boss; Bob the Physio when I admitted to him that I’d entered another race.
I’ve never done the Fen 10 before, but read that it was fast and flat with PB potential and was also part of the EMAC (Eastern Masters Athletic Club) Road Championships (I’m 2nd claim to EMAC now). So secretly hoping that my training for the year would see me good for a club Gold Standard at 10 miles I drove 55 miles and across the border into Norfolk for an 11am start.
It was strange to arrive at what I would consider to be a local race and not have any other team mates there. I was Billy No Mates. A couple of people I know well enough to say hello to, but on the whole it was quite a lonely experience.
Looking at the forecast for the day, I’d planned to run in long sleeves under the club vest, but by 10:30 the day had warmed up and I opted for the vest only and it turned out to be the right decision. We had some rain, but on the whole it was a good temperature. However, my nemesis showed itself – the wind. Not howling, but enough to make a flat race feel harder than it should have done.
I was disappointed to not get my gold standard of 1:16:39 and finished in 1:17:43. Happy with 2nd place in age category and a 1st place for the EMAC race.
It’s a good race – I’d recommend it for anyone wanting a fast 10 miler. Well organised with race HQ in a school gym. Refreshments afterwards looked great – I saw some huge wedges of cake being eaten. Just look at the memento we got – that has to be one of the best I’ve had at a race – a medal hanger!!! Thank you to the Green Thumb business for that.