Report submitted by Andrew Heppell
|The Race||5k Riverside Run, Middlesbrough|
|Overall Score (out of a possible 35)||28.5|
|Value for Money||5|
|Club Support & Social||4|
|In Full: After entering this flat and fast race my thoughts immediately turned to what time I could achieve. I had two times in mind, one which I thought was realistic, and one that a lot of runners around my level want to do – sub 20.Race day was here and I was now about to find out which, if any of the times I had in mind, I would run.The gun went off and we were away, heading along the streets from the Riverside Stadium. I set off at what I thought was a comfortable pace, and before I knew it I had ran 2k. Just after this point we turned the corner and passed the Transporter Bridge, where there was a much needed water station on this very hot day. Not long afterwards we passed the college, and we were starting to head back down the road we started on. I passed the 4k marker and I was surprised at what time I was on. Then I entered into the stadium for a lap of the pitch to finish the race. It was at this point I got a lift from the crowd of people who were cheering all the runners that passed them. I crossed the line and stopped my watch…I was scared to look at it. Would I be disappointed, content, or happy?Luckily for me it was the latter – 19min 59secs.After starting running approximately 16 months ago, I found myself improving but I was only getting better at running a certain pace. Then I joined the Bounders, and thanks to the coaches and fellow Bounders, not only has my distance improved but my speed and confidence has too. All this put together helped me achieve what I did in this race.
I would definitely recommend this race for next year, especially if you’re after a 5k PB, or are new to racing and want an easy introduction.
At only £8, with a t-shirt and medal for all finishers, it’s definitely worth doing.