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I did it! … Junior Great South Run – 24 October 2015

Josh Jack reports

On Saturday 24th October, the Junior Great South Run was held in Southsea, Portsmouth.  This was my 4th annual trip to take part in the 2.5k junior race.

My day started with a tasty Weetabix breakfast, and an hour and a half drive to Portsmouth, whilst the 5k runners swarmed at the start line ready for the all clear and the sound of the gun to get underway.

As we finally arrived at the venue, the mini races began.  A 1.5k race for the children aged 3-8 girls and boys. Walking closer to the start area, the commentary of the day began to echo from the many speakers all around. Having a look around, the memories from the previous three years came back, of the fun and games in the event village to the mouth-watering smell of the food.

With 20 minutes to go until the start of my race I headed to my ‘warm-up area’, around a small flower garden outside the D-day museum, for a small warm up.

Lined up at the start, the commentator introduced our two starters, Moses Kipsiro, Commonwealth 10000m champion, and Andy Vernon, European 10000m silver medallist who gave us an inspirational talk about what they were doing at our age.  Andy Vernon used to take part in the Wessex and Hampshire cross-country leagues!

Ten minutes before the start, the Zumba-like warm-up began, the music keeping to the theme of Disney, with a mix up of songs from different movies.  Two minutes before the start the marshals opened the gates and let the club runners go to the start line.

Then the countdown 3…2…1…go!  The race was now fully away.  Everyone getting in roughly their position on the long stretch up to Mozzarella Joe’s (as shown on the map).  At the 2k point the race goes up a gear as everyone wants to give a fast run for home.  In the final 200m I gained a few places, which meant I finished as the 34th out of 738 runners.



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