Today I took part in Cancer Research UK Race for Life for the first time since men can take part. As race days usually go, the preparation for this one was slightly different as my friend was taking part in his first 10k and i offered to stick with him for support if he needed it.
We got to Temple newsam early enough to get parked and go to the start area to warm up, there was a slight delay to the start due to some busy traffic coming into the park with runners.
Once the warm ups got underway everyone was in a defiant mood, all with the same goal, to beat cancer.
The race started with a easy downhill before a mighty climb up bullerthorpe hill, once the first 2 miles at a steady pace were out of the way and escaping the crowded parts, I managed to keep a pace I was pleased with and with my friend happy to go a little quicker in front he soon disappeared out of sight. As we returned back to the pond, the 5k runners kept going to the finish line as i turned right to carry on the extra 3 miles. It was a mix of short hill climbs through the woods and then onto a lap around the football field before heading back into the park and onto the home straight past the farm entrance and to the finish line to the sound of the cheering crowds.
I was greeted with cheers and my medal for completion. Time was 1 hour 9 minutes..
Well done to all that took part 🙂