I ran the Race for Life 10k in Cardiff yesterday – go me! I was really chuffed that I ran the whole race without stopping, but my little sister Sarah only bloomin’ went and came first! She’s a proper runner type, mind. She wears running socks and everything. You can read her blog post here.
If you’re looking for a running challenge The Race for Life is a good place to start. It’s more of a fun run than a race – you’re not timed with a chip, in fact people are actively encouraged to walk it. The route loops around Blackweir, Coopers Field and Bute Park, which means it includes some of Cardiff’s best landmarks; Cardiff Castle, The Millennium Stadium, Sophia Gardens and the Taff Trail. But if you are a regular runner you’d probably be disappointed by the terrain of the route (very uneven and lots of running on grass) and the sheer amount of women taking part meant it was almost impossible to run at any speed in certain sections. It definitely thinned out when the 10k route split away from the 5k one though and I found that more enjoyable.
Many people run the race in honour of loved ones or to show solidarity with those affected by cancer. So the atmosphere was really supportive and reading people’s signs and t-shirts got me quite emotional at times.
I finished it in one hour and 15 mins. Next stop, Cardiff Half. Eeeek!
We paid in full for our entry to the Race for Life