AR’s end of Summer series 5K – running with our #community

sb1stokesbay1Before and after, 17 Crusaders in total.

Last night was a case of “we run on the road” rather than my usual irunoffroad and a great night it was too. I read that keeping some speed work up would help your marathon training so after only 7 of our Crusaders ran this Absolute Running (AR) 5K last month I tried to rally some more away from a standard club night down to Stokes Bay. I’m pleased to say we managed 17 which I think is a number much more befitting the time and effort Nick from AR and his marshals put in.

As we assembled in the registration area it was clear to see a good 200 runners were there on the night and there were numerous local club vests in evidence as well as unattached runners. There certainly was a great atmosphere with much chatter between members of each club. The clouds overhead were becoming darker and rain looked a good possibility but there was no dampening of enthusiasm as we left the starting car park.

The route is an outward stretch that then combines two loops,¬†followed by¬†retracing ¬†your steps back to the finish. A colourful line of¬†T shirts and vests soon offset the dark skies. I think we’d all say a 5K is one of those events were¬†your lungs are given a good work out, and this, I kept telling myself, would do me good¬†on¬†my longer runs.¬†The backdrop of the sun going down over the Isle of White is a feature not too many races could beat and before you know it the last 100 meters push¬†was upon¬†me and it’s all or nothing for the line. My time¬†was 23.37¬†and the two photos below show the great “NiceWork” medal as well as¬†Kerry’s “atmospheric clouds”.

Well done to all my Fareham Crusader friends (in race finishing order) Paul,Lee,Mark,Me,Nikki,Mick,Martin,Karen,Liz,Emma,Ros,Sarah,Kerry,Sue,Chris,Liz and Lyndsey. Two PB’s that I was aware of¬†were Mark and Kerry and an age¬†category winning¬†Liz Farquarson also wrapped up the¬†series category award.

After a team photo¬†on the beach¬†it was either off home or indoors to the Bayside caf√© for a chat, the results (Tom Barnard picked up one) and maybe a drink ūüôā There wasn’t a spare seat indoors and this kind of local involvement was a fitting tribute to the “all club” #community vibe that¬†the race¬†had. Finally it was also good to chat to some new Crusaders I haven’t met before #unstoppable ūüôā


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