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Newcastle Town Moor 10K

09/11/2014

On Sunday 9th November DRC member Linda Oates took part in the Newcastle Town Moor Memorial 10k and reports as follows...

"This is a fast flat traffic free course. It is two laps on varied paths, but does have a number of tight turns (some 90?). I would recommend this race if you are hoping for a PB especially if the weather forecast is in its favour, which is the reason why I chose it.

Travelling to our venue the sun began to shine and no wind......perfect.

Wearing my club vest, number and chip I stood with the other 574 participants. There were a lot of very fast runners in this race and as we had time chips, I decided not to start at the front. We all took part in a 2 minute silence, and then the gun fired.

A few DRC club members have told me that I always go off too fast at the start of a race, but this time it was impossible. The path in front was congested and you could only go as fast as the person in front of you unless you were willing to run on the grass either side of the path, which felt very frustrating. There was a single gate at around 1.5km being held open by a marshall.  This caused a slight bottle neck - so we were forced to come to a stop to enable us to file through. Then the pace started to improve and around 2km I managed to achieve a more desirable pace which I needed to maintain to be able to achieve my PB. I was feeling positive at this stage as there was a lot more space between the runners. I passed the 5k split point at 23:41 feeling quite strong with just the second lap to run. We were in view of the spectators and marshalls for most of the course and so got a lot of encouragement and support from them.

I was very pleased to finish in 47:19 ( a new PB by one minute and 21 seconds) and 4th LV50.

The race was won by Tadele Geremew in a time of 30:55."

 

Linda

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