Rachel Finishes in the Top-Ten Ladies at the Bridgwater Bolt 10k!

Rachel reports…

Just a quick report on the Bridgwater Bolt 10k which took place on Sunday 17th April. At the beginning of the year I set myself a few PB targets, the 10k being one of them. So I decided to start the 10k summer season off with the Bridgwater Bolt.

Being a 10am start, Sarah and I actually managed a lie in!!

Race day was lovely; chilly to start but the sun soon came out! Nearly 500 runners descended on Trinity Sports Centre in Bridgwater. After a warm up we gathered at the start and this is where I felt unprepared! After doing her research, Sarah informed me that we should start near the front, which felt alien but I wasn’t going to argue!

The first mile was good and we were both doing well on the roads. Suddenly we hit some big gravel and muddy farm tracks; ok, so this was the off-road bit we had been told about. I slowed down the pace a little so as not to injure myself¬†thinking we would be back on the road soon but the off-road continued for longer than anticipated. Sarah was in front of me until about half way. The sun was beaming down on us at that point and it was really warm. I could see the gap was closing between us and wondered if she needed a sugar boost so offered her a shot bloc but she was nursing a niggle that had just developed into a full blown injury :( I carried on thinking she wasn’t far behind me. From here it was alternating from road to off-road until mile 5 and then we were on the home straight by which time I had lost my rhythm and struggled to finish on a high. As I finished I turned back and headed back down the road and caught up with Sarah and we finished together. We collected our medals and little goody bags. They contained two water bottles which I was impressed with. My time was 46:10 (just a few seconds off my PB) which placed me as seventh lady overall and Sarah came in at 49:26. I can safely say that we won’t be repeating this race because of the off-road parts but it was a well organised and friendly race.

More mud than we were expecting!

More mud than we were expecting!

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