Race report: Women’s Running 10k, Finsbury Park, London

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On Saturday I ran in the Women’s Running 10k at Finsbury’s park. It was a real last-minute decision as I was supposed to be going to Waveform festival, but that got postponed. It was a shame as I would have liked to have joined the Write this Run team! Anyway, I got to see the lovely Write this Run ladies at the start, so it was all good! 🙂

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The race was super easy to find – the tube station is literally right next to Finsbury park, which meant that I arrived there stress free and on time (phew – I don’t enjoy getting up at 7am on a Saturday and rushing around). I arrived, picked up my race pack and then heard someone call out my name – it was the lovely Becca off of From Snickers to Marathon who was with the other Write this Run crewBecs, Laura, Mercy and Gill. After chatting for a bit, they all headed off for their celebrity interview bit! 🙂

I then heard a second “Sian” – it was none other than the drop dead gorgeous Lucy of Lucy on the Lookout fame. Having got my celebrity on (get me?!), I then spied Nell McAndrew clutching a tiny baby in her arms yet still looking absolutely gorgeous and slim!

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After the warmup, which involved me going left when everyone else went right and refusing to do the static stretches – sorry, I don’t DO static stretches before running! I lined up behind the 50-minute pacer and spotted the lovely runner bean herself, Charlie, who’d just done a 9-mile run and the lazy runner (allegedly) Laura!

I got off to a rapid start completing the first kilometre in 4.58 min/k, which I couldn’t maintain throughout as the course was really quite undulating and a mixture of grass (nicer underfoot but slower than tarmac) and paths.

Highlights

  • When a random spectator offered me a can of Tenants Super
  • Seeing Liz at the half way point shouting my name
  • My mega sprint finish

Low point

  • Developing 3 incredibly painful stitches – you heard me THREE. One at 4k, one at 6k and one at about 8k!

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I finished in a respectable 53.57, which is not a PB, but given the undulating course, the Tenants Super (joke) and the stitches, I’m pretty damn chuffed with that – it shows I can do more and gives me hope that with some more speed training, I could maybe, just maybe, achieve a sub 50 min one day!

Diva rating: 5/5

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All in all, I would recommend this race as it’s a super friendly, not too busy 10k, on a great, but a little challenging course, a fabulous goody bag containing a free Women’s Running magazine, a 9 bar, energy drink, bottle of water, and tissues to name a few, and a great bit of bling!

Over and out!

sian

6 thoughts on “Race report: Women’s Running 10k, Finsbury Park, London

    • Stitches are horrible aren’t they? I get them all the time. I think I figured mine out though – my sports bra is far too tight and constricting my breathing making it quite shallow.

  1. Aww you’re too sweet 🙂 I can’t believe I missed the man with the tenants super 😉 !! What do you do when you get stitches, just run through them? I really struggle with them once they take hold (and often have to stop for a while) so I try to slow my pace right down before they get worse… would be keen to hear any techniques though! And congrats on the awesome time (hills ‘n all), speedy miss-speedison! Hope t o see you at another race at some point xx

    • Ah thanks babes! I normally try and breath deeper and slower, and apply pressure to the area, but it still hurts and you do have to step off the gas. Annoying things aren’t they? I think mine is related to my sports bra being insanely tight. I’m sticking with crop top medium impact from now on.

      • Thanks Sian, going to try to run through them and try your breathing techniques when they next come on a run! I definitely find looser (but still supportive) clothing to be the best too! Have a lovely week x

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