Climbing has taken up the majority of my time and energy for the past couple of years, so I haven’t entered a 10k race for a long time. When an injured friend offered me his entry into the Sheffield Tententen, which starts five minutes from my front door, I grabbed the opportunity to get back into running.
I don’t find it easy to just potter round, when I run I want to run the fastest and hardest that I can, and since I hadn’t really been training I wasn’t sure how I’d perform. The Endcliffe Park 10k is not a race to aim for a PB, it involves two 5k loops with a short road section, a short but very steep (and muddy!) hill, and some fairly narrow undulating trails through the woods. I usually prefer to run on my own, so I was concerned about feeling crowded in the race. It really wasn’t a problem, I should have worried more about my lack of fitness on the hills, they were short but sharp and I really felt it!
Ideally, I wanted to finish in under 50 minutes, my final time was 50:06. I knew it was close, but I’m happy that I ran as hard as I could and just couldn’t have squeezed the extra 6 seconds from anywhere. It’s a great benchmark time for my first 10k in two years, and I’ll be aiming to bring that right down in 2015.
I have run this race in previous years, and it’s one of the best 10ks that I’ve entered. Endcliffe Park is ideal for friends and family to watch so there’s a great atmosphere, it’s really well organised by runners for runners… and the T shirts are the best designed with this year’s orange my favourite so far!
If you want to enter next year, or would like more information about the event, this is the website http://www.sheffield10k.com.