What better way to mark the start of spring that with a little jaunt down to Cardiff bay for the 10k. Having heard about this fast, flat course this year i wanted to give it a go to shake my legs out after doing lots of long distance marathon.
Got down there early only to be stuck in all the traffic trying to park. This would probably be one of the worst things about the race, so if you do intend on doing this race next year please allow plenty of time.
After not getting time for a proper warm up i jumped straight into my pen to realise i had forgot my watch, i guess this race would be done on feel. Fortunately my training partner Matt James was there and if i could keep up with him i would put in a good time.
It was a fairly cramped start and took about a mile before you could really settle down into a rhythm, but you soon found yourself running in a pack at what i hoped was a good pace as the route meandered out along the bay. The route was definitely pan flat the biggest elevation was jumping the curbs to get around some of the runners. It was a little twisty with 2 hairpin turnaround points. There was also a fair amount of wind out by the bay as you would expect but nothing compared to Rhayader which is now the new benchmark, but with so many runners around and a staked field it was easy to find shelter and use them to slipstream, before you ended up back in the main bay area with all crowds cheering you on to finish in front of the secret torchwood entrance.
Despite the start i absolutely loved this race. It is very fast and with such a strong it is easy to get dragged along by quicker runners and i ended up finally setting a new 10k pb after 2 years of trying of 35:38
I managed to see a few Wye Valley Runners names down.
Rachel Toolan 55:00
Robert Gilligan 51:26
Amy Gilligan 51:26
Emily Davies 50:24
Lynne Compton 47:26
Some very times by all there, definitely a race ill be doing again next year.