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