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WACer equals course record in the Weymouth 10

Claire Newby reports from the Weymouth 10

Before you get at all excited, I should probably come clean and admit straight away that despite the title of this report, it was not me that won the Weymouth 10! 

About a year ago I swore to my partner (and fellow WACer) Craig that I would never run further than 5km and it was therefore with some amusement that he joined me at the start line of the Weymouth 10 (miles)! 

Five Wimborne runners turned up and braced the cold wind blowing down the seafront.  Julie comforted me by talking about the lovely two miles of flat running along the promenade that we would enjoy both at the start and the end. I felt less re-assured when she confirmed there was also a nasty hill that we would have to climb, twice! 

There were about 200 runners in total and while the stretch at the beginning was easy running, you could also see the whole two miles stretched out in front of you, so it did seem to go on for some time!  Once we got off the seafront we began our first lap around the nearby holiday park and I met with the hill I had been warned about.  It was tough but having completed the Gold Hill run a week before, it did not seem too bad!!! 

The race was really well organised and the marshals were great, as were the public, especially the woman who gave me a look of horror as she realised I was climbing a huge hill for the second time and still had five miles to go! I felt really good when I reached the eight mile marker, the furthest distance I had raced before this event.  I then hit the promenade and my legs decided not to come with me!  I had been looking forward to the flat two mile stretch as I love running by the sea.  It turned out to be quite tough as I could see how far away the finish was!  However I got there and having had high hopes of achieving 10 minute miles, finishing in 1.36 was a really good time for me and I would recommend this event. 

Even though Craig was, by this time, fed, watered and changed, I had a really good race!  This was made even better by the later discovery that WACer Ian Cardy, had won the whole event and equalled the course record in the process!

1st Ian Cardy 54:44,
36th Craig Dixon 1:10:52,
99th Raj Witt 1:21:15,
163rd Claire Newby 1:36:30,
177th Julie Gosling 1:43:26.

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