Littlestone Lifeboat Dash 10k – 23rd May 2014 By Angela Parker

This was an evening run starting at 7.30 and was in its fourth year.  The race started and finished at the Littlestone Lifeboat station and the course, of a multi-terrain nature, was an out and back.

After the children’s race at 7.15, we all lined up at the start.  It was starting to get cold and the wind was blustery, but thankfully the rain did not make an appearance as it had done in the previous years.  We set off on the first terrain of the car parking area which was embedded shingle and loose pebbles with pot holes, then onto the grass surface of the recreation ground of the sea front.  This was lumpy and we had to watch our footings.  The grass was uncut and in some areas ankle deep.  Finally we were onto concrete and it was straight along the coast line to the 5k mark.  The water station was situated between the 4k and 5k mark.

We had been running into the wind and as we turned at the 5k mark for the return it was a welcome relief that the wind was behind us.  We were nearing the end when the wind was picking up and soon we were back onto the grass area.  Finally back onto the car park area and we crossed a pebbled finish line.

There was a barbecue, bar and music playing at the Lifeboat Station all put on by the volunteers.  The race was very well marshalled with members of the RNLI and Sea Cadets assisting.  The RNLI crew were also in attendance for the first aid.  They had also made some very lovely cup cakes!

Sylvia Barrett was first home for DRR in 56:31, then Angela Parker in 59:01 and John Thorpe who finished with a PB of 1:06:50.  There were 77 runners in total who finished this race.

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