DERBY 10 MILE – Sunday 12th November 2017
On a bitterly cold Remembrance Sunday morning I lined up on the start line of the Derby 10 mile road race. It was a rare chance to run a once classic race distance on a fast and flat course.The race started at the Pride Park football stadium and headed out along a riverside path and cycle track to Elvaston Castle Country Park before returning back along the river to the finish at Pride Park. I went into the race looking to break or come close to the 80 minute barrier.
Congestion at the start meant I went through the first mile in 8:27 but I soon picked up the pace and I hit a series of sub-8 minute miles. A grassy section at Elvaston Castle just before 5 miles slowed me down but I went through the halfway point in 40:19. Miles 6, 7 and 8 passed and although I kept my pace up I was still behind my target time. With a mile to go I dipped under sub-80 minute pace for the first time but then hit a strong headwind along the river!
I went all out in the final lap around the stadium and a 7:30 final mile saw me cross the finish line in 1 hour 19 minutes and 28 seconds – a 26 second Personal Best!
The Derby 10 mile was a great, well-organised event and it is thanks to the club and especially the Tuesday night efforts sessions that helped me get an unexpected PB and enjoy the race so much.