When I saw the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k advertised, I knew it was a perfect excuse for a weekend away. I had been wanting to visit Cambridge for quite some time, and the scenic riverside route sounded really appealing. My husband Glen wanted to join me for the run, so we booked a B&B for the weekend.
We arrived in Cambridge the day before the race and checked out Midsummer Common where the race would start, so we had an idea where we should head the following morning. We then spent the rest of the day exploring Cambridge and browsing the shops, then headed to an Italian for dinner and got an early night.
|The River Cam|
We were up bright and early on race day, and after porridge and banana for breakfast we pinned on our race numbers and headed over to the start point. There were around 560 people taking part in the race, so it was a much smaller scale than some of the other races I’ve run, but the start was well organised and we set off on time. We arranged a place to meet after the race and I started by the sub-60 min marker, while Glen went forward to the sub-45 min sign.
The route took us along the River Cam which was lovely and scenic, I settled in to my pace and enjoyed the views along the riverside. The run was not overly congested being a smaller event, but we did have to dodge a few cyclists which of course Cambridge is famous for!
We entered Stourbridge Common after 2km and were met by a group of cows spectating the race, I wish I had taken a photo as the confused look on the cows faces was hilarious!
|Stourbridge Common (photo taken after race)|
As runners were not allowed to use mp3/iPods, this was the first race I had run without music/feedback from my Run Keeper, I had no idea of my pace until the 5km mark where I whipped my iPhone off my arm to check the time- I was 29 mins into the race and pleased with that as it meant I would hopefully complete the 10km in under an hour.
There were water stations at 4km and 6km, but I didn’t take any water as I was carrying a bottle with me. The course took us in a loop around Fen Ditton, a picturesque village outside of Cambridge with thatched cottages and country pubs. There was a slight incline as we turned onto a narrow footpath on which we had to run single-file, at this point the run was quite congested and it was impossible to overtake, so I was relieved when we turned back onto the main road and could pick up my pace. Thankfully my leg felt fine throughout the race, I have been having some problems with my shin/ankle but this didn’t play up.
The route back into Cambridge took us back across the common onto the towpath of the River Cam. The marshals were enthusiastic and other spectators were cheering us on as we headed back onto Midsummer Common. I saw the finish line in sight and crossed the line at 58.05, which I was really pleased with as a new PB (my previous PB was 60.20).
I collected my medal and goody bag, and headed over to meet Glen who had finished in 42.36.
Overall a really enjoyable race, I loved the route and the event was well organised. The goody bag contained water, an Eat Natural bar, a copy of Running Fitness magazine and a cotton charity T-shirt.
|The Goody Bag|
The official times went up later that evening and I was so proud to see Glen had come in 26th overall out of 560 runners, not bad for his first official 10k race! We are now both ready to sign up for a half-marathon for next Spring and looking into training plans.