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Race Review: Poole Festival of Running

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Rob is a self confessed running geek, obsessed with all things related to the sport, whether road, track or triathlon.
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The Poole Festival of Running is held annually at Poole Park in Dorset, being organised by local club, Poole Runners. Each year it attracts a great number of people to run the 10k, 5k and children’s minithons as well as lots of rides, bouncy castles and most importantly, an ice cream van. Every year it seems, the weather for this is baking hot, which coupled with the fact that the main event, the 10k, starts at 2pm, sometimes makes for a toasty run!

This year the weather was slightly hot and quite windy, but nothing like the heat of previous years!

As soon as we arrived, both kids took part in the children’s under 8 run – a maybe 300 metre dash. Both got medals and a certificate each so were very happy.

Me looking a bit too relaxed at the end of the 5k

Me looking a bit too relaxed at the end of the 5k

Poole Festival of Running 5k

At 11:30, after a quick warm up and receiving jeers of “why aren’t you doing the 10k Rob?”, just over 200 people lined up for the start of the 5k. The route is one lap on a course that takes you out of the park and follows the line of the harbour, before cutting back inland and back towards the finish.

I felt good – too good – so at about 2km I figured I needed to speed up a bit. For the rest of the race it was me and one other runner toying for what I thought was 4th and 5th place. Turns out we were playing for 3rd and 4th place – wish I could count better as I definitely had more in the tank. Finished 4 seconds behind 3rd place, to come fourth, thinking at the time I was 5th. Moral of the story: don’t ever let up or slow down in a race – always give it everything! Lesson learned!

Finished in a time of 18:13.

Poole Festival of Running 10k

After running the 5k I then watched everyone running the 10k which was two laps of the 5k course (I think??) Over 700 people lined for this, the main event and climax of the Festival. I was tempted to do the 10k too but thankfully was persuaded not to by my wife (who did run it and got her sub 45 min PB!) It was nice to watch and cheer rather than dread and fear a race.

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