Severn Loop 5km Race Report

Heather

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!

Mum and her boys

And with her favourite daughter in law

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!

It was warm enough to be on the water!

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.

The race director/dictator

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).

Permanent start

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.

Crowd support

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…).

Left

Right

and centre.

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.

Hey I know you two

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”.

Ann totally kicked Dan's butt across the finish line

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!

The yellow ball in the sky was a little confusing for the locals

Gaz getting chicked at the finish

The man in yellow set a new course record

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2 comments on “Severn Loop 5km Race Report

  1. Mom says:

    Looks like a great time was had by all, weather was fantastic. You take good photos when you are running H. A big shout out to Ann…Congratulations on your first run, impressive time!

  2. Ann & Gaz says:

    Thanks to you both for all your help and encouragement and boy did i need it ! You did very well with the action shots H but I happen to know there is a great sports camera available out there that would be ideal for you ……..

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