Spring Shakespeare Runs – 14.3.15

 5k, 10k, half-marathon and Marathon
On a cold, dull and windy Saturday morning a huddle of Massey’s runners met to run a variety of laps around the Long Marston Airfield.

I’d never run this race before, I knew it would be flat, but also knew that a good time would be down to “Mother Nature” and the elements !!

All the run distances started together (approx. 800 runners), you could easily spot who was doing which distance by the coloured number they were wearing, each lap was 5k, I was glad I’d opted for the 10k, as the thought of doing 8 laps for the marathon was crazy !

The airfield is quite disused in places, and you needed to watch your footing now and again, and the strange ‘star pattern’ the runways formed made it easy to spot other club runners and give them a shout. The marshals (who must have been freezing) and the sheep gave encouragement which was great !

The wind was really strong in some parts, but the final straight had the wind behind us which made for a speedy finish.   Turning the corner for my second lap it was great to think “only one more to go”, and also knowing that there wouldn’t be any hills or even a slight incline.

After finishing we went to support the other Massey runners and celebrate PB’s, this is a good race to support at, as you get a chance to see the runners at a number of spectator points, and watch the half and full-marathoners doing their extra laps, it also gave you the chance to think “I’m glad its them and not me” !!

The organisation was smooth (lots of parking and toilets), a nice medal, fruit, cereal bars and sweets made it a good race to do. If you could guarantee the weather I am sure this would be a PB course for everyone, I will certainly go back for the Autumn races.

Cathy Keay

Gun TimeChip Time
Jenna POGUEFSEN5k00:32:4200:32:12
Jose Luis SANCHEZMSEN10k00:42:4600:42:43
Virginia SILIOFSEN10k00:42:5100:42:49
Matthew KEAYMJUN10k00:51:4300:51:15
Cathy KEAYFV4510k00:54:2900:54:01
Tiffannie SLATFORDFSEN10k01:01:2301:00:54
Marie O’CONNORFV3510k01:04:2201:03:53
RACHEL BROCKFV35Half-marathon02:01:3802:01:08
David GOODWINMSENHalf-marathon02:24:0902:23:39
DAVID PHILLIPSMV70Marathon05:25:1605:25:16