Run Kingston 2011

James Dunne enjoys sixteen miles at The Kingston Run 2011
James Dunne

Name

James Dunne

How old are you?

27

What’s your occupation?

Rehab And Running Technique Coach.

How long have you been running?

10 Years.

What made you decide to sign up for this race?

The fact that Kingston is very local to me and that I know the route well. First long run after Helsinki Marathon.

What were your expectations for the race?

I went into the race with the primary focus of enjoying the run, hoping to go sub two hours for the 16 miles.

What were your high and low points during the race, if any?

High point: Running by the river on the tow path. Low point: Turning onto the Portsmouth Road back to Kingston and being hit with the headwind!

What was the best part of the course for you?

Running by the River Thames between Kingston and Hampton Court Palace.

What was the most challenging part of the course for you?

The final 3 miles was the hardest for me, having started too hard and battling the headwind.

How would you describe the crowd support?

Great support in the Market Square, little else on the course.

What was the male/female ratio roughly in the race?

Roughly 50:50.

Did you see many people running in costume?

I didn’t see any costumes on the course.

What’s your overall verdict of the race? Give marks out of ten for the following categories:

Organisation:

8/10

Scenery:

9/10

Atmosphere:

8/10

Would you do it again next year?

Definitely.

What one tip or piece of information would you like to pass on to anyone thinking of doing this race for the first time?

An ideal race to use as a long run before an autumn marathon. It’s a pancake flat course on the whole (other than the bridges over the River Thames), which means PBs are there to be had!

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