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Race Review: The Swanage 10k

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The Swanage 10k, or Sea Rowing Club 10k as it’s also known, is a pretty low key, local affair. It’s organised by the aforementioned Rowing Club as a fundraiser and for this reason, it’s part of our Club Championship race schedule (the first of 2015!) Parking is fine and it’s a fair price at £10 per entry. It’s actually a great, interesting and challenging course but fails to attract many entries due to; a) difficult to find out about/enter online b) Swanage is a bit out of the way for a lot of people and c) it’s not a UKA affiliated event, so times aren’t ‘official’ (annoying as I got a PB!)

Anyway… on to the race!

The Swanage 10k

Swanage 10k route and course profile

Swanage 10k route and course profile

The race begins at the north end of Swanage, in the carpark of the town’s football club, before winding uphill to Ulwell and then doubling back on itself. You then run through paved streets until hitting Washpond Lane and a series of hilly lanes. Then, back out on the main roads, along Northbrook Road, drop down to the seafront, and carry on for the final one kilometre to the finish.

As this was a Championship race, my placing meant points and with 1k to go I saw another Purbeck Runner around 200 metres ahead of me. So I upped my pace and managed to reach him with 20 metres until the finish line. I managed to creep up behind him but as soon as he noticed me, we had to sprint it out to the finish. I think I just nicked it by inches!

Stats

Distance: 10k
Time: 37:44 (ish, still waiting for official results)Average pace: 6:15 m/mi

Author: Rob Murray

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