Sarah Jones took part in the Barcelona San Silvestre 10K completing the course in 54:04. The winner was Samir Ait Booychamane in 29:47.
She said: “Starting at 5.30pm on the waterfront the route takes you along wide city streets lined with a vast number of spectators cheering and shouting encouragement (I think!!!). While the course is totally fla it’s not a PB race due to the sheer amount of participants; around 10,000 people take part and you need to constantly dodge fellow runners.
“There are also a number of sharp bends which creates a few pinch points along the route which means it’s hard to get into a rhythm. The music, lighting and party atmosphere, however, is more than enough to compensate to make it a worthwhile race.
“The winning time was 29:47, and while I did okay at 54:04 my excuse for not breaking 54 mins is that it was too warm; although the locals were all wearing snoots, coats and hats!
“A couple of tips: the website for entry does not open until the beginning of December and fills up quickly so worth monitoring closely if you have your travel booked; and the organisers are very strict on the time pens, so do ensure you enter a time or you will be starting at the back.”