VERSUS: Race Day

VERSUS: Race Day

This Sunday marked the culmination of a lot of hard work from our writers over the last few weeks. We’ve all spent the last few months trying to get from the couch to the finish line of the British 10k, and we’ve had Nike working alongside us to give us that motivation throughout. Sunday morning

July 9, 2012

This Sunday marked the culmination of a lot of hard work from our writers over the last few weeks. We’ve all spent the last few months trying to get from the couch to the finish line of the British 10k, and we’ve had Nike working alongside us to give us that motivation throughout.

Sunday morning we all had an early start, heading down to Hyde Park Corner to meet the Nike team at the media area in the Intercontinental Hotel. Despite there being a whopping 250 media runners, Nike were kind enough to offer a full service with breakfast, drinks, luggage checks and more to make the preparation as smooth as possible. I’d been off work ill all week with flu and an ear infection, so I wasn’t intending to run unfortunately, and instead helped the rest of our runners prepare for the race.

At this point, I got incredibly depressed. I’d been training for 2 months to prepare for this race and was now having to watch everyone get ready without being able to compete. As you can see in the next photo, I wasn’t a particularly happy person, but tried to get involved in the team spirit in this photo (that I was bullied into!).

Everyone got their gear on, we fed, watered, unwatered, and got ready to go. The event organisers started calling people, and I finally decided to man up. After revealing to the group I had my trainers in my bag I quickly got changed and ran to the start line just in time for the race to start.

We were taken straight to the front of the race, and had a great viewpoint to see the spectacle that is the British 10k. A sprawling crowd of 30,000 went as far as the eye could see, with runners from all over the country together to compete in one of the biggest sporting events in the UK. The atmosphere was electric, and people were singing together, dancing, and generally enjoying the camaraderie. Despite this article being about a competition against Yin & Yang, there was no animosity between the two blogs whatsoever and we met briefly with Tahirah and Candice before we began.

And then we were off! The race was an absolute joy, and we all had such fun doing it. The course took you past tons of iconic London landmarks, from Big Ben and The London Eye through to St. Paul’s and the Tate Modern. We’ll follow up with a post on individual stories from the day as everyone has their own experiences that defined the race for them.

Despite battling with illness before the race, I was really happy with my time and managed to finish in 51 mins 26 secs, a new personal best (more of that in the follow up). We all finished the race in our fastest times ever, and met up afterwards at The Corinthian Hotel. Again, Nike were kind enough to roll out the red carpet and serve us up with sandwiches, freshly made smoothies, scones, cakes and more. We all had a nice relaxing chat and recapped on the morning before us.

We snapped a quick pic with our medals too, go team CTR!

All in all a great day was had by everyone, and we’re all immensely happy with how it went. There’s been a notable difference in the fitness of everyone involved, and we all live more positive lifestyles now as a result of it. There’s some debate within the team as to whether we’ll carry on running now we don’t have to, but there was no debate as to whether we’re glad we did it!

There’s also been a lot of discussion in our team as to how we determine the winner between CTR and Y&Y, since they had a different amount of runners to us. Do we average the times? Do we only count 3 runners on our team to match theirs? Do we pick the best 3, the middle 3, or the worst 3? After discussing it for a while in the pub afterwards we came to a rather soppy conclusion that Jerry Springer would’ve been proud of.

Despite the title of these articles being “VERSUS”, when it came down to it at all there was no animosity between the sites at all. We had nothing but respect for the Y&Y guys for competing, and wanted nothing but success for them in the race. At the end of the day, maybe the title wasn’t such a smart choice, as running isn’t a competitive sport at all and we’re proud of everyone involved for racing, especially my team at CTR and the Y&Y runners.

Massive thanks go out to Nike for their support throughout and to everyone involved in the race. We’ll inevitably have more events like this in the future as we all had so much fun so I hope you all look forward to reading about them!

Did you run in the race on Sunday? How is your 10k time generally? Would you like to start running and need a bit of advice? Let us know in the comments!

About Felix Morgan

Between the hours of 9-6 I work as a Creative Technologist at Billington Cartmell, a creative ad agency. I’m obsessed with all things new, which led to me working in the innovation team at my company. I’m an absolute media junkie, and try and keep on top of all the latest music, films, TV shows and games, which prompted me to found Control The Riot.

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