2007 Bolsover 10k Race Report

Well, another year has gone and another Bolsover 10k was run at the weekend.

It was a typical cold and frosty start again this year, after last year's relatively mild day, although thankfully there was no ice around to make it treacherous underfoot as there was the first year I ran this race. Unfortunately, unlike the past 3 years, it was a cloudy day, so no winter sunshine to cheer us all up!

As usual, the start was near the bottom of the lane by Bolsover School. Unfortunately, this is probably the worst part about the organisation of this race, as everyone has to make their way down from the school to the start line and then turn around because the race goes up the lane. Of course the faster runners tend to clump around the start line ready for the big off, and that means that the late-comers end up either having to squeeze their way through or (as seems to be the case) simply push into the crowd just behind the 'elite' runners. The end result of this is a somewhat chaotic start where the faster runners have to work their way past a lot of late-arriving slower runners.

Last year, I think I complained that I/others couldn't hear what the starter was saying and that he should get a loud-hailer. This year, I couldn't tell whether or not the starter said anything - there was much too much babble in the throng where I was at the start. That said, though, the start was clean and away on time at 10.30 (at least from my perspective).

Marshalling and general organisation was as good as in previous years, and it was cheering to be encouraged on by these folks who gave up their free Sunday morning to stop whinging motorists and encourage sweaty runners. Although I didn't make use of it, the drinks station at 5km seemed to be a welcome sight for a lot of runners. I pity the poor folks who had to walk down the lane and pick up all of the discarded cups, though!

As usual, the finish was in the grounds of Bolsover School, with lots of support from friends and families of runners (and the obligatory burger/tea van). Thankfully, since they started using chip timing in this race, the finish has got much easier, without the funnels which quickly got backed up in previous years.

The memento this year was a long-sleeved t-shirt, as it was 2 years ago (only a different design). Although I like it, my T-shirt drawer is getting full, so maybe next year they will pick something different like hey have in previous years (wall clock and stop watch, to name but two).

Overall, this was a well organised race with good support, and I heartily recommend it as a good bit of fun just before Christmas.

Oh, and I ran it it 42:36 - bang on my target time. A minute down on last year, but I expected that. Maybe next year I'll be fit enough to set a PB on this course (which the organisers claim the course is good for)!

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