ANGLESEY 10K 04/03/2018
The week leading up to the race organised by Always Aim High Events was filled with anticipation. Most of the country was covered in snow, especially Norfolk and there were conversations going back and forth between runners and organisers as to whether this race would actually take place. The organisers were adamant it would and when we arrived the day before we could see why, there was no snow there at all!!
We got up bright and early on Sunday morning as the Menai Suspension Bridge was being closed off to all vehicles from 8am. Once we had parked we arrived the other side of the bridge and walked across it to the start line, this was a wonderful experience as the bridge is not closed for pedestrians very often. It was very breezy and extremely cold. There were more than 1,500 people participating in the races which were ½ marathon, 10k and the Dragons Dash – 1 mile for children. This is the second year that the 10k has been included in this event.
We watched the ½ marathoners go off and it was a magnificent sight watching them run across the bridge and down along the coast. Next it was the time for the Childrens Dragon Dash, lots of children all excited and waiting for their count down and off they went across the bridge.
Whilst waiting for our start we were chatting to other people waiting and the organisers had arranged for the runners to donate a jumper to their charity which we contributed to….which meant I could wear my jumper right up until the start. There was a photographer taking group and spectator shots and there are a couple of Julian and not me and I was with him at all times, it looked as if he was there on his own.
They began the countdown, the wind had died down and it didn’t feel so cold, we were then off and we ran across the magnificent bridge, the route was absolutely gorgeous and we ran along the coast with the bridge in the background. When you book your event they advertise the event by having runners running along with the bridge in the background…and now we have one of those photos. It was very hilly and they were long gradual hills, but the people running alongside were very friendly and the sights were beautiful.
As you come towards the end of the race the street is lined with loads of spectators and you can hear the sounds of cowbells, they love ringing these to encourage you, then on to receive your bling, t shirt and nibbles to eat.
I cannot rave enough about this race, certainly one to add to your list.