The Bath 10k organised by Relish Running Races is a beautiful scenic cross-terrain course. Read my race review here based on the 10k route…
Relish Running Races is a fantastic organisation who setup a series of races throughout the year in the South-west area. To name a few, Cheddar Gorge Challenge, Skyline 10k, Bath Two Tunnels Race and the Bath Running Festival which is the event we attended today. We had a solid group of runners from the GoodGym (my recent blog post the GoodGym can be found here), once we eventually found out which University car park to pull up in we were soon collecting our race numbers from the ‘village’ as it had been termed.
As part of the Bath Running Festival a whole selection of distances were available, from 5km, 10km, very long half marathon and a full marathon. There was approximately 200 people running each distance which is PERFECT! The sun was out and only proved problematic when you were out of the woods and fully exposed. The woods was an unexpected treat, for someone who has just identified that trail running is the best, I was delighted to have the challenge of running over rooted trees, jumping over rocks and watching my feet as you ascended and descended within the various hills within the woods. There wasn’t much time to look up at this point but after emeging from the woods, the grassy plains opened your eyes to the lovely flat terrain ahead.
My route mapped out on Strava…
The 10k route is twice around a circuit passing Sham Castle where those running the 5k take a right to finish the race and those running the 10k move to the left. Just before this divide there’s an amazing scenic point of the whole of Bath – but you can only take note of this about 20 seconds as you run down this part of the course. The race starts with a slight ascent up a hill and then into the woods briefly before coming out the other side, as you run along the grassy plains there’s a right turn back into the depths of the woods where the downhill descent begins. There’s not much space to overtake so the key tactic here is to get all your overtaking out of the way before getting into woods. Leading a pack does have it’s downfalls, at one point I was running downhill for a good 20 seconds before seeing runners stop ahead as someone made the choice to go right and everyone followed. We had to turn around and walk back up the hill but this unfortunately added 0.3 miles onto my route! Also covering an additional steep hill was a killer!
The Relish Running Races hospitality was incredible, it was really quick and easy to register and check in bags. Signposts were everywhere once we got there, but getting there was a bit tricky once we were in the University as it was a case of following people walking in lycra rather than signs. The post-run catering was amazing, it was such an unexpected treat to have an option of chopped banana, orange slices, rocky road, flapjacks, jaffa cakes and jelly beans. The girls at the table were on it in terms of identifying which platters they needed to top up, I was so impressed.
The signposting within the actual route lead to a number of people losing their way (me included). While there were arrows spray painted onto the ground and frequent sign posts you just have to account for any potential way for runners to get lost – as it WILL happen!
Chris, Ashley, Hannah and I looking relieved to have our cool medals!
We were really really REALLY happy with the medal, considering the race entry was £12 it had an incredible design and looked great, I felt really proud wearing this medal. We also had big appreciation for the velcro which allowed you to do the medal up like a necklace.
After coming to a slight standstill at one point because of the heat, a woman passing by offered me half a jelly baby. At that exact moment, I felt so weak being offered a jelly baby was genuinely the push I needed!
The second highlight was a guy who let me overtake him after taking the wrong turning who then proceeded to egg me on by saying ‘Come on love!’ for once, I wasn’t offended by someone calling me ‘love’ and so I used that to push myself.
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