Our second running adventure on our vacation was to take part in an official 5km held by the Shrewsbury Athletic run club. Mainly our participation was to support Dan’s Mum in her first race!
The day could not have been more perfect a balmy 12 celsius and gloriously sunny. We arrived nice and early to “The Quarry” where the race was held. I don’t know why it’s called the quarry because it’s a beautiful park area right on the river, there was even a skuller taking advantage of the good weather!
We got see the junior 2km race, which was a tough battle between two 10 year olds, both of which would’ve kicked my butt. Then it was our turn, and we were given race rules and instructions by a man in an orange vest who must have been ex-military because when he said hush, the group of 140 did just that.
He spoke with no mega phone and yet we heard every word. Race was started by him yelling go, (had we known we could have lent him our klaxon horn).
The race is solely run through the park and has permanent start and finish banners (it’s run a few times through out the year).
Basically it’s a 1km loop back to the start, then a 4km figure eight, and each kilometer was marked. I have to admit I was totally impressed with the organisation of such a tiny race. I was equally impressed with the crowd support, although I think many of our spectators were just people out walking their dogs.
I didn’t really have a goal in mind except to enjoy and I did, I was snapping pictures left, right and centre (most of which are blurry as my camera is crap or is it because I run so fast…).
I was surprised when I finished in 24:20, 5th in my age group, which was senior ladies, so I don’t even know what that means or who I was competing against, but I was quite pleased with myself.
Dan was a good son and kept his mum company, Mum-in-law did brilliantly finishing in 31:07, (so proud) she only took up running in the summer after we convinced her that it is a great stress reliever and a good way to make an excuse for “me time”.
There were no medals at this race but Gaz made one for Ann (although hers is not edible and of course I forgot to take a picture of, doh!). I think Mum-in-law enjoyed the experience as she asked for some help finding some races in the spring (10km distance was thrown around!). Our parents are growing up so fast!