Vitality 10k (for all) returns to London

My fifth time at this event. Great to be back in London, post COVID. Great to be starting in The Mall and finishing in front of Buckingham Place on this special year for Queen Elizabeth. There is little prospect of me signing up for the actual London Marathon any time soon, however this 10K event gives me a taste of running along the streets of London in the same event as the Elite runners.

Nice to see Elizabeth Tower ( housing “Big Ben”) looking resplendent “sans scaffolding”.

I loved the variety of musical entertainment along the course, from rock to choral, drumming groups to brass bands. My vote this year goes to the band that perfectly timed launching into the Superman theme just as I was approaching them.

Proud to say that Cathy posted a PB of 55:42 for this event, shaving a massive 1:49 from her previous PB in 2019. I also got my best time (so far on the London course) of 1:00:41, tantalisingly close to a sub-hour. Like fine wines, we both appear to be improving with age. (Btw, the time on the finish gantry, in the photo below, is gun time, and not chip time).

This year the first man to finish was Ellis Cross, pipping Sir Mo Farah to the post by just 3 seconds with a time of 28:43. The first woman to finish was Eilidh Mccolgan, with an astonishing time of 30:26 tantalisingly just a couple seconds outside the record set by Paula Radcliffe for this event.

Our next big event is the Round Sheffield Run in June (20k timed stages – 24k if you count the connecting “recovery” sections in-between). In September, we are orf to Windsor (Half Marathon).

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