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Resolution 10K

17/01/2017

The Resolution 10K took place in Carlisle on Sunday 15th January.

I had entered this race on a whim after deciding to do something constructive to address the excesses of the festive period which had involved slightly more alcohol and food than training.

Checking the weather on the morning of the race promised slightly higher temperatures than the previous week’s cold snap however, the whole Carlisle area looked to be covered by one big rain cloud. Perfect conditions for running!! What to wear, what to wear? The Running Club T-shirt or vest, the budgie smuggler shorts or the 5 inch or 7 inch versions.

The start point for the race and race headquarters was Carlisle Racecourse. The organisers had declared the race full a week previously but bizarrely were allowing entries on the day. This meant that registration was still going on at the appointed start time of 12.

The indoor area where all the runners were milling about was by this time starting to permeate with the smell of sweat, deep heat and nervous runners. Amongst the sea of faces I spotted the ubiquitous Fiona Jardine fresh from her Antarctica adventure. We shared our usual “I’m not really fit, don’t know how I’ll do” banter. Fiona had the better excuse for her lack of fitness as she had been training until recently on a treadmill rolling about on a ship in the South Seas.

Eventually after a briefing we were led to the start about 400 yards back up the road. It was nippy waiting about. Fiona decided to wear a jacket until we got started with the intention of chucking it in a hedge and trying to find it after the race. I just tried hiding in the middle of the pack to keep warm.

The race itself. Two miles steady, two miles eyeballs out, two miles hanging on, 200 yards trying to look good for the photographer. I finished in 44:23 for 85th place.

Fiona finished in 53:55 for 215th place out of 363 runners. She found it relatively flat and a good start to the year. I don’t know if she recovered her jacket

 

David Burns

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