British 10K Editor Danny Coyle makes a comeback to take on the British 10K
July 10 2012
The 2012 running of the British 10K was always going to be popular in London’s Olympic year and so it proved.
A sea of black-shirted runners kitted out by the new sponsor surged towards the start, spurred on by the tones of Heather Small who, despite not having a top 10 hit since Tony Blair was in No.10 still gets wheeled out for such occasions to belt out her single ‘Proud’- this time from the top of an open top double decker.
Sheer weight of runner numbers meant I didn’t cross the start line until close to 10am by which time the rain had reduced to a light drizzle but the puddles were still deep enough to disgruntle those I splashed as I made my way through the field.
That’s the problem with this race, the huge number of runners means that if you aren’t near the front when the gun goes you will spend most of the distance dodging and weaving and using the pavements to get any sort of rhythm going. It spoils a fantastic route that takes in Trafalgar Square, the Thames, Big Ben and a stunning finish on Whitehall.
This was my first race since October last year having spent a few months trying to sort out knee and back issues, so I was pleased with a finish time of 49.25 although some way off my best over 10k – funnily enough set in this race some six years ago.
The rain was coming down again by the time I was stretching out before heading to the baggage collection. I was lucky enough to have brought a bag that didn’t let the rain get through to my gear. It was a shame given the soaking wet pavements the organisers didn’t have tables to put bags on rather than the floor.
If I could only ask the British 10K to improve one thing it would be toilet signage. When I asked a steward as I made my way to the start where the nearest ones were, he suggested I use McDonalds, which he’d obviously suggested a lot as they were queuing out the door. I eventually found my way to some loos, but more by luck than judgement.
If you fancy a 10K through iconic London, don’t be put off by the minor rough bits around the edges, just get there early enough to enjoy your run rather than turn it into human dodgems.
Thanks to Team Tiger Balm for the race place and post race rub down! Check out: www.tigerbalm.com
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