Race date 22 July 2018, report by Laura Fletcher
What better way to start to the summer holidays than a visit over to sunny Grimbsy for the 10k. At £13 entry fee with a fantastic medal and technical tee what’s not to like…..
We arrived in plenty of time and after a short walk to the race start we found it all went quite quickly with us soon being told to head to our wave markers (sub 55 then the rest to follow on)
10mins later were off! The first mile is through the streets of Grimbsy with plenty of support from locals. I pass fellow Striders and wish them luck. I get told at this point “this is as hilly as it gets!) They aren’t wrong not a hill in sight! Sponge stations were a welcome relief between water stations along the route.
After the first water station we turn off onto some very scenic A roads which include a timed ‘Mad Mile and a brilliant steel drum band to give you some motivation.
The rest of the race was flat, fast and hot! My legs were still suffering slighlty from Thursdays Strength and Speed Session and were forcing me to slow my pace a little on Mile 5, but with half a mile left you turn off and back into the suburbs with a great little sprint over the park to the finish line. So mind over matter I shouted at myself to push it for the last part and finished. Hot and knackered but I totally enjoyed this race.
Very well organised and a great end to the race with a family fun day in the park with stalls, rides and plenty of food to sample! Also a pub 5mins away for some much needed liquid refreshments!
Grimbsy I will be back next year with a target of a PB from you!! And some Fish & Chips.
3077 people completed the race, which was won by Alistair Watson of Notts AC in a time of 00:30:12. First lady was Elizabeth Mcternan (unattached) in a time of 32:57. Four Striders took part, James Garner the first home.
Full results can be found here