Race Reports - February 2019
10/01/2019 - The Girling's Ashford 10k
Race Report by Mike Pritchard
Race report Where to start, with a change of race hq and better access to starting point made a great start to the day, the weather cooperated as well although chilly and breezy made for a good reason to get moving.
After meeting Tony Ansell at the start sorry I didn’t see Debbie Foreman Race time as per tradition of most races a congested start, uphill for 100m then onto the windy water filled lanes before the first decent, a bit slippy underfoot in places but manageable, the hedgerows provided much shelter from the wind as we approached the first noticeable incline near Westwell, I started feeling my pace a bit, being greeted by spectators and marshals was a great spur in the right direction.
After coming out of Westwell and seeing the M20 in the background I knew it was close to the 5k mark and water station and a couple of inclines left to go. The encouragement going to and fro between the runners was fantastic as we were building up to the 1.1 mile hill climb. The marshals and spectators that had gathered at the section where you run parallel to the M20 gave me the gee up I needed, thank you.
The hill climb although doing it last year I had forgotten the length and it just seemed to just go on forever, I paused a couple of times blowing myself out a bit, after emerging at the top it was a pretty flat 1.5 mile to the finish dodging the puddles (lakes) , and at the finish the energy of finished runners, marshals and spectators encouraging a sprint finish.