The Stowmarket Scenic 7 race – always held on Remembrance Sunday. This year’s race, actually being Armistice Day was particularly poignant. The memento was a beautiful poppy medal. The race starts at 9am and has a 2 hour deadline for finishing so everyone is back in time to hold the 2 minute silence at 11am. This year, as always, it was observed impeccably by everyone in the hall of the race headquarters. Money raised by donations for the tea/coffee and cakes donated by club members is always donated to the Royal British Legion.
I love this race. Since 2007 I’ve run it 5 times, the last time being 2013. I’ve helped in some form every year that I haven’t raced it, including being the sweep runner in 2016; a great way to take part in a race. I chatted to a couple of lovely ladies doing a walk/run around it and thoroughly enjoyed their stories of their “running journeys”.
I hadn’t planned on running this race, thinking that I had put my name down to marshal. However in the week leading up to the race I discovered that I hadn’t put my name forward and I was therefore very kindly offered a place by another Strider that could no longer run it.
I finished feeling disappointed. On reflection, I shouldn’t have felt like that. It turned out to be a PB. I hadn’t checked my previous times before hand. I stopped doing that a good few years ago. It will be what it is on the day and I don’t want the pressure of previous times before the race, they become important after the race. I was disappointed with my placing I guess. I thought I could run at a faster pace and play with the faster girls but it appears I can’t. So 90th out of 432 overall, 3rd out of 29 in Age Category, 12th Female out of 227 (interesting that over 50% of the entrants were female!!). There are two significant “Suffolk” hills on this course. The first we lovingly call Tourettes Hill; it goes on for a while, flattens out, and just when you think you’re done, round the bend is more hill, causing many an expletive to be uttered. The 2nd is in the last mile and doesn’t quite have the bite of the first one in terms of length and gradient, but it’s certainly adds to the challenge at the end of a race.
Thank you Stowmarket Striders for yet another really well organised race – I’m proud to be in the club.