As a few of you might know I have spent a lot of time at Netley just lately – no not at Parkruns but making a BBC film about the history of Hospital. So it was nice to come back without a film crew and kit and take on another challenge using just my legs – the Netley 10k. My leg troubles started at Wyvern 10k last year which I naively blamed on the hot weather (nothing to do with the two week holiday before!). So was a little nervous to wake up and hear that it was going to be the hottest day of the year. That dissipated on arrival with the sight of red, white and blue that seemed to dominate the field. It never ceases to amaze me what a friendly bunch we are.
Anyway I soon picked up my number and wasn’t long before we were all packed like sardines with Garmins at the ready – wishing each other well with a bit of banter.
Due to a leg problem I had to defer my place at the London Marathon so had recently taken up a Triathlon challenge. I did my first one last Sunday so I wasn’t too sure how I was going to get on.
Back to the start line - We were quickly on our way after the briefing and it wasn’t long before there was room to stretch the legs. In my opinion doing three laps is always a bit of a mental challenge, especially when you see the 7/9k signs on your first lap. So I was determined to think of the positives and dream of a PB! The course was hillier then I thought and going up and down three times in the heat was quite exhausting. The race seemed go quite fast though. I never look at my Garmin during a race as I just run as hard as I can run and hope for the best so was pleased to get the finish and find that I had a PB.
After cheering all the other Hedgies running (and falling Jo) over the finish line I made my way to the BBQ area for a lovely afternoon in the glorious sunshine. Martin kindly cooked my sausages (thanks mate). And I was chuffed to get a trophy. This time last year I wouldn’t have even been close. So to conclude a great day and would enter again next year.
I just want to say a big thanks though to HERC. It’s not just the running that’s made my life better/more fulfilling but all the friends I have made. Bernie – you’re a legend and your training sessions have led to achievements I never thought possible.