Heather Jones took the opportunity while in Canada on business to take part in “the fastest 10k in Quebec”. The race lived up to its name and was by all accounts an excellent friendly event. Instead of stickies at the end, you got a full cooked breakfast!
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Heater said: “Well the self-declared “Quebec’s fastest 10K” certainly was. Downhill from start to finish, with the tiniest amount on the flat or a slight uphill before another nice down. A medium-sized friendly local race, with most of the participants seeming to be local, and wearing running tops from previous Quebecois marathons or similar. We were taken by yellow school buses to the start line from the assembly point at the finish, and after a slightly chilly hour or so hanging around waiting for the other 1299 participants to arrive, we were off at 9am, after depositing bags on the school buses to meet us at the finish.
A variety of kids in buggies and dogs of all sizes from a retriever to a giant poodle also ran the race. I was surprised to see my pace close to my usual 5K race, and wondered if I could keep it going all the way. The downhills definitely helped though.
A huge push at the finish line, with the announcer calling out the Edinburgh Running Network participant by name, led to a 10K PB for at least the last 5 years, and certainly a Canadian 10K PB (as my first ever). The best was yet to come though, with a full Canadian breakfast laid on for every runner: crepes, French toast, eggs over easy, Canadian bacon, lashings of maple syrup, toasted bagels, bananas, OJ and coffee, and all included in the entry fee. All in all a fantastic end to a great week in Quebec.