Thursday, 7 July 2011

Firsts n last

I took part in my first serious race since 2004, the Brig Bash 5.  It was the first time I've taken part in a race that wasn't a mass participation event so there was no hiding in a crowd of people dressed as fairies or Superman.  It was the first time I've ever run for a club and the first time I've taken part in a championship race.  So a load of firsts!

I wasn't really sure if I wanted to do the event.  I know I can run 5 miles, I'm just slow and steady.  I'd checked the previous 2 years' race results and quickly realised I'd probably be the last runner.  But I'm trying not to compare myself to all the fab runners I know so quietly decided I'd do it.  I only told 2 people and Gordy who came with me to be my support.

We arrived in torrential rain with accompanying thunder and lightning.  I nearly went back home! But I reminded myself of why I'm doing this and duly registered.  Then the nervous wait for the start.

8 other Harriers were running and they were kind enough to be encouraging and not express surprise at my presence.

204 runners set off and I quickly settled into the rear of the field.  For the first mile I could easily see runners in front of me but they quickly pulled away.  I didn't mind and set about running my own race.  I know where I've been and how I got here.  I'm learning to be happy being "upright, outside and running"  It wasn't until one of the marshals shouting encouragement to me that I realised I wasn't last!  That was all the motivation I needed. 

I finished in 203rd position in a time of 57m 24s.  I'll never break records but it was a HUGE improvement on my last 5 mile run.  And Gordy shouting "Well done Mum!" as I crossed the line really made me smile.  I wouldn't say I enjoyed it at the time but I'm enjoying the satisfaction of completing a race.  And I earned a club championship point.

And I wasn't last! :-)


  1. Some body has to be last. It ain't a race unless that is so! So don't be bothered next time if it is you. In the meantime bask in the pleasure that 1, You can run,
    2. You crossed the line smiling and...........
    No tears!!!

  2. Keep that up to Fort William and you'd have beaten all the girls, so you certainly can run! :-)

  3. Love it Ali.Very well done!!

  4. Well done Ali. Finishing with a smile.. tis a great feeling :-) Lots more to achieve x

  5. Well done! You did set a record. The fastest lady living in your house! Celebrate x

  6. Thanks guys. No tears just big smiles :-) I'm really glad I did it.

  7. That's brilliant Ali - well done indeed. I spent many a weekend cheering Gemma round muddy cross country courses when she was in her early teens. It still brings a tear to my eye when I think how proud I was to watch her cross the line, nine times out of ten, in last place. She's been a winner in so many other aspects of her life since, and I'm sure all that character building played a huge part in that.
    Much respect from me - and I really hope to cheer you on at some race or another in the future! x


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