How many bloody hills are there in Hockley & Rayleigh? Too many!
This Sunday I took part in the first Rayleigh 10k race put on by our local Rotary Club. I was rather excited to be racing for the first time since returning from injury and seeing as it was local my other half had no excuse for not coming meaning I’d have a fair amount of race photos.
I love taking part in new races like the Thorpe Park Half Marathon as it means I can start up a new annual tradition.
Cait, Gill & I made sure we arrived with plenty of time to check in and grab our race bibs which in hindsight was a little bit too early as there wasn’t much of a queue (Even when it got busier people were not queuing for very long thanks to the great organisation of the event). There wasn’t much in the way of pre-race entertainment, so we just mingled with other runners and tried to keep warm until the race started.
The majority of this race was uphill taking us through Hockley Woods and Cherry Orchard Park which meant that at least amidst the seemingly constant steep hills the scenes were beautiful. The route was well marked out and marshaled which helped me a lot seeing I was at the back of the pack and couldn’t see many people ahead of me.
My ankle didn’t cause me any problems which was a relief but the uphill stretches meant my calves seized up at around 2 miles in. It couldn’t have been anything too concerning as two days later with some foam rolling & R.I.C.E I am back to normal.
I finished in 1 hour 18 minutes, nowhere near my sub 1 hour target or the 1:15 goal I made after I realised a sub 1 hour finish was beyond my reach. Looking back, however, this was my first run back from injury so finishing is its own reward.
Overall although I found the race tough, I really enjoyed myself and would love for the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill to continue to organise this event!