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!)



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