ERN member Emily Alston headed to Derbyshire recently to run in the Derby 10K. A sub 1 hour PB time was the target for Emily and her uncle Paul, who was running in his first race for a number of years, having had 10 knee surgeries since 1994! Mission accomplished! Well done to both.
Emily said : The race had about 3000 runners of all abilities and started and finished at Derby County’s Pride Park, so benefitted from the great facilities at the stadium, which was a real plus; no portaloos, and Starbucks for our coffee fiend support team (my Aunty Ann). It was a gorgeous day, although still below freezing when we arrived at Pride Park; but perfect running weather. The course was an out and back, first along the roads around the stadium (retail parks etc!) and then into Derby itself, looping back round the cobbley streets by the Cathedral (bells ringing!) and back through the park and a nice final stretch along the river. It was a pretty flat route, the only hills were around the cathedral in the town and these were over pretty quickly. There wasn’t much support in the town (some bemused looks from Sunday shoppers though!) but the amazing support at Pride Park more than made up for that. The only real downside was that during the park and river sections some parts of the path weren’t really wide enough for the number of runners, which looked a little bit dangerous in places and we passed a couple of people who had fallen. Apart from that it was a friendly and well organised race, nice tee shirt etc. But all that really mattered to us was achieving our aim of a sub 60min time, me because of my previous PB at Musselburgh last year of 1.00.25, and my uncle because this was his first race back after a twenty year gap in which he has had 10 knee operations! We achieved our goal with a time of 55mins and 54seconds (55.53 for my uncle paul, who you can see from the finish photo had cheekily sprinted ahead of me right at the death!). Great day out, great achievement for us both, new PB for me and lots of happy memories!