First “proper” race — Romsey 5 miles

I passed an important milestone yesterday, running in my first ever “proper” race, the Romsey 5 miles race which takes place at Broadlands in Romsey, Hampshire. Having entered back in December, I was given number 135 and was joined by Tim and May. It was mine and Tim’s maiden race, with May being the experienced campaigner of the three of us.

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The weather was good – not too sunny as befits the time of year but not raining, and the course pretty flat as it is a looped course mainly on pavement within the grounds of Broadlands. The course consists of three laps, the first two being around 2-2.5km with the third lap having an extension to bring the course up to the full 8km distance.

The start was pretty disorganised and we didn’t get to hear a lot of the briefing, however we did manage to hear the whistle to start and we were off. I was quite pleased as I didn’t feel too nervous, and managed to get into my stride. I managed to get into a pace of around 4:45-4:50 mins/km which I tried to keep up all the way around. Terrain was okay, though one stretch of the main loop was on a looser tarmac surface which had quite a few potholes in and seemed to suck more energy out of my legs than the majority of the route.

On the third lap, the extra length of circuit was a straight length that took you out to a turning point and back the way you came which meant that for a stretch there was two-way traffic. I managed to catch a high five with Tim as he went by on the way back, and I liked the way the members of different running clubs all supported each other as they went by.

Into the final leg towards the finish, I could feel myself tiring but dug in and tried to keep the same pace to the end. There was a guy who I think must have been tracking me on the way round who made a break to overtake at the end but I managed to get a kick in to just level it on the line.

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The official results show me as the 142nd man over the finish line (out of 274 men in total) with a time of 38 minutes 37 seconds. I’ve uploaded my Garmin stats for completeness too, will add the link later.

Great day out, roll on the Winchester 10km in February.

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One response to “First “proper” race — Romsey 5 miles

  1. Pingback: Winchester 10k – first “proper” 10k | Martin Gale's blog

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