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This was my fourth time of running the Wimborne 10, a race organised by local club Wimborne A.C. The first year I did it, in 2011, I was so slow that my name has been dropped from the results – we’re talking 1hr 45mins +. I could barely make it up the final hill and was overtaken by one of the last recorded finishers. This was before I’d started ‘running’ and I did the 10 miles with absolutely no training. I have no idea why. I think my dad was doing it.
In 2012 after going for a few more runs I managed, 1:12:13, then in 2013 1:06:04 and in 2014, 1:05:10.
This year I was sure I could hit the 63 minute mark after doing the first 10 miles of the Bournemouth Half in October in 63:30. However, the weather (bloody windy) and the course profile (ends on a big old hill) seemed to work against this…
This is a very well organised race, with plenty of parking (be warned: it’s a bit of a walk to the start). The numbers were sent out in advance which I always much prefer and the start was announced by the firing of several very loud, quite startling muskets!
The race starts on a flat, tree-lined avenue, before dropping down a steep hill and out into country lanes. These lanes are undulating with several water stops and after an initial surge of runners at the start, I found myself running with more space, surrounded by just a couple of runners of similar pace.
With an eye on 63 minutes, I was vaguely trying to keep my pace at an average of 6:20/mi, however with the fast start, gusting wind and uphill finish this would prove to be tough.
Particularly difficult was when a horse rider drew up alongside runners whilst going through the village of Shapwick. The horse became very unsettled, rearing up and clopping from side to side. There was no way round it and I certainly wasn’t going to run up behind a spooked horse, so we had to slow right down and wait until it turned off. This probably lost me those vital 20 seconds that would have got me in the 63s.
After this there was a long stretch of lanes before the big hill and crowds cheers us down the avenue of trees on which we had started the race.
I was 12th out of 445 runners in a time of 1:04:25.