Race report – Castle Combe Chilly 10k

So, I’m in work and given the opportunity to go on a course to help benefit my current role. What’s the first thing on my mind?! I wonder if there’s a race near by and there was. Took full advantage and booked myself in (after asking the boss aka Hannah).

A flattish but fast race having looked at previous results, this was at Castle Combe race circuit in Chippenham. A perfect opportunity to get a desired PB of sub36.

As the weeks flew by, Sunday, February 18 came.

Race kit packed along with work stuff too. Alarm set for 5:45am, I made my way to the Chippenham area where the race was being held. Eating my porridge on the way (not spilling any) and slurping on my coffee, I always had my energy drink and gel to take at a specific time to the race starting.

Arriving safe and sound I parked up. It was a busy one. With over 600 runners taking part making their way to HQ, the loud announcer getting everyone rallied up with words of encouragement! I got my race number and put myself into a little corner to get changed. Unfortunately not the purple and gold this time but a opportunity to wear Team PB colours of Personal Best Running. So thankful for the sponsorship/help from Barry and Paula.

Time to get my race head on. The clouds started to come over and the race nicknamed Chilly 10k was living up to it. Gloves were on! The race briefing for 9:45am, all runners made their way to the start. I dodged in and between to get a good starting position and soon, off the gun went. 3x laps of the race circuit with a 0.4 of a mile section to start you off.

The first mile clicked off quick. Too quick 5:12, my first thought, “you twat, pace yourself, remember what Mr Maskell said” but of course the excitement of that first mile is always something I do suffer with now and again (need to work on). As the first lap went by and with the encouragement of the crowd I felt more comfortable, although dropping from fourth to seventh. The next two laps were a mental battle. I’m not a big fan of loops, which is why I wanted to do this race. To test myself. That test was working, slipping to ninth place I held my own and the realisation of a Sub36 I intended to get was in my reach as I came into the last lap.

As the miles clocked up all under a sub-six pace, I felt good in the last mile gave myself a kick to really give it my all. As the watch was getting to that 6.2 mark, my target was becoming even more reachable! My sub36 was gonna happen!!

Coming off the circuit into a slip lane. I sped up and gave it all I had left. Crossing the line with a PB I was not expecting. 35:40! A target way above. I was thinking more of 35:50/59 but I was in shock, no tears thank god!

Completely over the moon and with the medal around my neck. The first person I called was of course my lovely wife Hannah who sent her congratulations! Having done this now, I’ve got a new target to try and break and I can’t wait for challenge!

Completely over the moon and with the medal around my neck. The first person I called was of course my lovely wife Hannah who sent her congratulations! Having done this now, I’ve got a new target to try and break and I can’t wait for challenge!

Next up FOOD. A massive roast dinner followed by a dessert, glass of wine to wash it down and a gentle drive to my hotel to finish off the duration of my week.

A massive thank you to all the support and encouraging messages along the way. Really does mean a lot.

The training YOU put in really does pay off after all, so happy! If you want a nice 10k route or even a 10k PB with a nice area to visit, I highly suggest this race. Worked perfect for me and I hope it will work perfect for anyone else who intends to give it a go!

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