Report from Phil Robinson on his travels:
We arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday afternoon following a couple of days in Seattle. Saturday morning I made my way to the Alaska Pacific University campus where this 10k race was due to start at 10am. The organisers are very proud of their course record – 28.35 – set by a local runner in the 1980s who beat Alberto Salazar into second place. With such a quick time I expected that either it would be a very fast course or there would be a classy field – neither turned out to be true. The route was gently undulating and there were a good few runners who looked like medical emergencies waiting to happen – 314 of the finishers took over an hour. But hey, it’s all in a good cause, raising cash for the local paralympic hopefuls. The temperature at the start was about 15C, climbing to 20 later in the day, and with a bit of sun and no breeze it was warm work. I was disappointed to run over 50 minutes but consoled by being first (of only five) in my age group.