Le Touquet 10k 16/8/14
Report by Odette Collard-Woolmer
I flew the flag for DRR on Saturday in France when I ran the Le Touquet 10k. It was a warm sunny day and as the race was not until 1600 it was very hot by the time of the run. The start was chaotic as there was both a 10k and half marathon event which started together and followed the same route. There were 2000 runners in total for the 2 events with around 1200 running the 10k. The first 4k was very congested through the narrow streets of Le Touquet which made for a frustrating and challenging start especially as you were mixed up with the half marathon runners who were generally going at a slower pace.
There was a real mixture of scenery from main town centre, to the seafront and national park, to wide tree lined avenues and then a spectacular finish in the running stadium. There were a few of our East Kent neighbours also taking part including Canterbury, Folkestone and Thanet. I completed the course in 48 minutes 45 (not quite a PB) and my final 1k was spurred on by successfully chasing a Folkestone running club lady. I was 30th female home out of 376 females.
(I did have a moment at the finish when a male Kenyan runner started talking to me … and after a couple of minutes I excused myself. On finding Kev and telling him about the ‘friendly’ runner Kev pointed out that he was the winner!)