Sunday 29th September – Felixstowe Coastal 10 Mile Race

Sunday 29th September – Felixstowe Coastal 10 Mile Race

Report from OAC’s Sean O’Halloran:

Returning home to the flat lands of Suffolk for Elaine’s birthday I decided to enter myself into the Felixstowe 10 Mile Coastal Race. All was going well in training until I developed a groin strain a week before the race. I decided to rest for the week and thankfully all was fixed and the race was back on.

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The race was in a small town called Felixstowe on the Suffolk Coast which meant the route would be flat. The weather was nearly perfect, sunny, clear blue skies and a temperature of about 14C. However there was a very strong north-easterly wind.

Arriving in good time, I obtained my race number and timing chip and got ready for the start of the race.

Following a group warm-up we were counted down until the air horn sounded and we were off. Just a little way down the sea front my number one supporter (Niamh, my daughter) shouting “Go go go” as I ran past. The course headed south towards the large container port for about two miles before heading back to the start area. The run down was not too bad but the return to the start area and for the following three miles after that we were running into the strong head wind. After five miles of strong head wind running I was pleased when we turned around at the other end of the town to again head back to the finish, now with the wind was on our backs.

Mile 8 was on a coastal path which made a nice change to the road. Miles 9 and 10 were back on the road and following a few small hills the finish was in sight. As I approached the finish I could see Niamh was screaming, shouting and clapping me over the line in 232nd position (103.34).

The race was won by Matthew Spencer (Ipswich Jaffa) in 56.10 and the first lady in 30th position overall was Claire Miles (Shaftesbury Barnet) in 69.59.

The race was well organised and marshalled. It was great to breath in the sea air again, pleased to have done the race but I missed my hills.

Results from here.

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