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Race Review: Weymouth 10k

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Rob Murray

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The Weymouth 10k was a new one for me and was race number three in our club championship. I’ve run a couple of races that take in different parts of the same route; the Egdon Easy 10k and the Weymouth 10 mile, all of which take in the glorious views of Weymouth Bay…

Parking was easy and only a 2 minute jog to the registration area, which was at the Art Deco style Riviera Hotel at the Bowleaze Cove end of the bay. There was a bit of a queue to sign up and get my number, but that’s my own fault for not registering in advance!

Having arrived way too early, I set off for a warm up for fifteen minutes and then trudged with my family up the hill to the start.

The Race

The start line was at the mid way point of a grassy downland, on a cliff overlooking the beach. The first 1.7km was a double loop around this grass area. I was taken a bit by surprise when the race started and, looking down saw my watch had reset itself. Fiddling with this I unknowingly dropped back quite a way through the field and when I looked up again, watch now running, I realised I had a bit of work to do! By the end of the double loops I was in forth place – but breathing heavily!

At this point the route dropped down a steep hill where we then hit the promenade and the main portion of the race. From here on it was a straight out and back along the seafront.

Being our club championship I was pushed all the way by the ever improving youngun Sam Brooks and… my dad, who I had to sprint past at the end to beat!

Purbeck Runners post-race group photo!

Purbeck Runners post-race group photo!

Official finish time was 37:39 although my watch said the distance was slightly shorter – might have been because it didn’t start straight away. This was a PB by 10 seconds for me but unfortunately not an affiliated race so doesn’t count officially.

In summary, a very good value race for £11, including tshirt and medal for all finishers. Slightly unorganised, with queues to register and no-one quite sure where the start line was or what the route was, then a big queue at the end to collect t-shirts etc. The prize giving was the quickest I’ve ever seen! With trophies handed out to winners within minutes of them finishing.

I really enjoyed the run though and that’s the most important thing, right?

Weymouth 10k 2015 race results (male) here

Weymouth 10k 2015 race results (female) here

Featured (top) image credit: Jade Lindsay on Twitter.

Stats

Distance: 10k
Time: 37:39
Average pace: 3:52/km

Author: Rob Murray

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