I won a race – yes, I won! – Bedfont Lakes parkrun – 6 June 2009

For the past few weeks Saturday mornings have consisted of an early morning swim (about 4.5k – an hour an a quarter of front crawl) in the lake at Princes waterski club, and then at 9am its the Bedfont Lakes parkrun – the latest in the growing empire of free, timed, weekly 5k running events.

It was a welcome sight to see Darren Wood at the start – the first parkrun he’s run at other than the 200+ runs he’s done at Bushy parkrun.  We warmed up together – discussed the course (and its little hills) and then lined up for the start.

Its so easy to get carried away at the start and run ahead of yourself but I held back and watched four people run ahead.  There were no super-quick runners today so I kept the leaders in sight for the first km.  They were only about 10 seconds ahead of me.  Just after 1km I caught up with the leading group and edged past them one by one.  By 2km I was in the lead!  Eek.  I’ve not experienced that before.  The only thing ahead of me was the lead bike and empty path.

As we headed onto the second lap I knew I was running quicker than I had done for some time, and was afraid of blowing up on slight uphill and watching everything fall apart.  I stayed focussed, didn’t push unnecessarily hard (I couldn’t if you’d wanted me to!) and just stuck with it.

In the last km I knew there was a runner not too far behind but was pretty certain I’d be able to stay ahead – and that I did.  I rounded the final bend, ran into the finishing chute and collected my token – with the number ‘1’ printed on it.  Brilliant.  My finishing time was 18:25.  The last time I ran quicker than this was an 18:16 at Bushy parkrun in September 2008.  I tell you, Bedfont is certainly more than 9 seconds slower than Bushy parkrun, so I look forward to running Bushy in a few weeks time to give the legs a good ‘spin’ on a flat course.

One great thing about this parkrun is that the computer where you register your position is sat on a little wooden table/bench with a seat – so I collapsed onto the seat and registered.  Lovely.

So here we go, after running 122 parkruns I’ve won my first race!  My other best positions at parkrun are 3rd place a few weeks ago and a second place at Richmond parkrun.

3 comments on “I won a race – yes, I won! – Bedfont Lakes parkrun – 6 June 2009
  1. Jason W says:

    Hey David, well done on the victory!

    The IM training seems to be going really well, i’m really looking forward to hearing about the race now.

  2. David says:

    I’m looking forward to writing about the race too – as that means it will be over!

  3. Kirsty says:

    Woo hoo well done! I get excited putting the number 1 token away – only time I get to touch it!

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