Leicester Town and Gown 10K – Race Report

So the Leicester Town and Gown 10K, this race was amazing, this is my first OMG I could just kept on going races.

When we booked our holiday and I signed up for the Coventry Half Marathon I wasn’t looking for anything else to do, honest, but this popped up or I searched for something and found it and well I thought what the hell why not right?!

With the number I got given I must of signed up super early. I remember them giving it to me and thinking “I am so glad this isn’t seeded lol!” Also it will probably be my lowest number ever so I’m going to treasure this one.

My training was all aimed for the Coventry Half, now my training plan said I was supposed to do 11 miles on the Sunday I did my 10K race but I thought my pace would be “race” pace if I did the 10K and well it’s good practice. I’m hoping when I do the Coventry Half that this is going to be true!

Oh how I love the pre-race photo’s my other half is really good at taking them and it shows all the nerves and the thoughts prior to the race!
And we’re off!

I started off at a steady pace. I knew I didn’t want to go out fast and thankfully I just let everyone who wanted to run past me. I wasn’t bothered in the slightest (YAY!)
Love how I look like I’m flying here!
I thought this bit was a wee bit weird, we ran around the park then down a hill and around the back and then up a steep hill back. Super glad for those hills though. When I first signed up and looked at the map I thought that it was flat all the way around, how wrong was I and oh how glad, Coventry is hilly so actually training doing some hills was great.
This was taken on the last lap, these two amazing people where who I spent most of my run running with. It was the guys first 10K and he was running with his daughter and her other half. He was doing the race a) because it was for charity and b) his daughter was getting married at the end of the year and he wanted to get fitter. The lady (I’m sure she said her name was Kirsty) was doing the race for fun. We talked a lot about how running makes us sane! Her aim was to do the 10K in less than 1 hour 10 minutes.
I was super confused at this point! The first two laps I knew exactly what lap I was on and for some reason on this lap I was unsure lol! I had to ask loads of people just so I didn’t do an extra lap!
The sprint to the end, As soon as I seen that that time which was going to be a PB for me, I sprinted like a lion was after me!
The obligatory after photo’s!

The medal is just lovely and matches my Leicester Marathon t-shirt. The t-shirt oh the t-shirt it’s lovely but they must of given me a ladies size XL as that orange thing is tight! One day soon I’ll be in it though!

Oh another thing while I remember, I LOVE the fact that all Leicester things seem to be orange. It’s my second favourite colour, just need to find the city which is all green now!

Now remember how I said I thought I was aiming for a PB well for some reason the course was just shy of 6.2 miles, overall I did 6.1 miles in a chip time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 36 seconds! Overall I did it at a pace of 11.35mi which I am still amazed at even after almost a week of letting it sink in!! I ran all of it to, no breaks which for me is amazing. I’ve had trouble lately with not being able to run the whole time and having to have breaks, so to run it all makes me so proud.

So that was the Leicester Town and Gown 10K. I really did love every second, which you can see in the photo’s. I felt amazing doing the hills and I didn’t get as board as I thought I would doing three laps! Would I do it next year if given the chance, hell yes!!!

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