Race report: Running 10k with the BBC

This 10k race report is long overdue! A couple of years ago I heard about a 10km that the BBC Run Club put on. A lot of employees attend but it is also open to the public so I decided to run too. You can read about that here. I don’t know what happened last year except that I think I forgot about it, but I didn’t run the race again until earlier this month.

It’s also the oldest 10k that Regent’s Park host so that’s pretty cool. As always the organisation was excellent. Race bibs were collected on the day and with safety pins there (something I never remember) I was ready to go when the guns went off. As with Parkrun the timing is based on gun time rather than chip time and at £13 entry as wonderful as chip time would be, I was happy with gun time.

The course was three laps of Regent’s Park and FINALLY laps are starting to feel normal for me. I was running with Jenni who is a lot faster than me and starts slower than I do. Running with her was a lesson in pacing. And thanks to her, negative splits had my name on it!

My 10k PB is 53:07 and at 57:46 this was not close but it was my fastest since starting running again from injury. I am very proud of those 57 minutes and it was made all the sweater when I found out that the course was about 350 meters longer! That means I am slowly getting faster – woohoo!

This was a fun, enjoyable race with a really cool atmosphere. I definitely would recommend it – if it’s one of your first 5kms or just one of many. It was fun, relaxed and just a lovely way to spend a Tuesday.

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