Written by Suzanne Anderson
Who does not like a trip to the sea on a sunny warm Spring Day? It almost makes the idea of running a 10K whilst there bearable!
I had heard great things about the Bognor 10K from the runners who entered last year so took the opportunity to enter this year for the first time. I was also going to use the race as a test, four weeks out from my first marathon, to see how recovered (or maybe not!) I was. So on Sunday 20th May seven of us BVRs, Alison Shilley, Mary Thane, Richard Thane, Lawrence Bookham, Jackie Peskett, Vanessa Cracknell and myself headed down to take part in one of flattest and sunniest 10Ks going. We also had a BVR supporter (or should that be two!) in Charlie Traynor and bump who was there to see her sister run but also cheer us on!
I could not really fault the organisation of the event. Plenty of car parking literally right next to the event so although there was no bag drop facility it was very easy to leave your bag in the car and quickly retrieve it afterwards. There were plenty of loos, plenty of space for warming up either joining in the formal warm up which I have to confess I declined to do or to do your own warm up jog.
There were pacers for 50, 55 and 60 minutes which was great and people were encouraged to line up according to their expected finish time. There was lots of support along the way when you got going. Ample water stops and a few jelly babies were also offered. What was also evident was the mutual support amongst the runners encouraging each other on. I ran with one lady more or less most of the way and we each had our turn at encouraging the other on when our energy levels were flagging! The mainly flat course wound through mostly residential area for the first half and then a small incline up onto the promenade and then into the homewards stretch ever so slightly uphill with the sea on the left and again lots of support on both sides.
From a BVR point of view great runs by all seven including PBs for Alison Shilley (pictured) and myself. Many thanks to Lawrence for being taxi driver and especially to Charlie for her support and great photos. If you want a flattish fast 10K course then definitely put Bognor in the diary for next year!