One of our Shabbas, Chris Collis, lives locally and has run this race four times, and this year was accompanied by 6 other Shabbas. Yes folks, SEVEN, Shabbas invaded this sleepy village on Sunday 9th March 2014. Then when you add in cycling support, Garry Craddock, and cheerleaders Baz and AnnMarie, that makes 10!
My training had been easy for the previous couple of weeks. Two weeks before I'd tapered down into Silverstone 1/2M and just had easy week recovering after. I was hoping to be fresh and ready to run fast.
On the day the weather was beautiful. Just warm enough and not too hot. Fradley has always a large number of entrants and everyone seemed pumped up by the weather. A good team of Shabba's had assembled and everyone was in good spirits.
I ran a fast 1st 5k with Greg & Phil but I couldn't hold my pace after. Maybe a bit of fatigue after Silverstone? I took mile 3 & 4 steady and then pushed hard again after knowing that sub 40 would be close. Unfortunately I just missed out and ran 40'03 & although a little disappointed with the time I was happy at how I had hung in there when the going had got tough.
The highlight of the day was a cool pint of cider at the canal side pub with the remaining Shabbas after, telling each other how our respective races had gone. It was a perfect start to spring!
My next race is on Sunday at Stafford 1/2M. Hope it goes as well as Fradley 10k.
I didn't alter my training for the Fradley 10k I just like to run different distances and paces regularly so just kept doing that. The atmosphere was great at the race, great weather met a few new Shabbas I hadn't met before and had a few photos at the start.
The highlight of the event for me was running with all the Shabbas and breaking off into a group of Shabbas at a similar pace for the race in Chris and Phil - it was nice to run with them and Chris gave me some great pointers as it was my first ever road 10k. Chris told me a sub 40 was a decent landmark so aim for 6.25 so I decided to do that and keep it steady and enjoy it!
My finishing time was 39.33 I was happy to finish with Chris and Phil in close succession.
Next up for me is next week at the Stafford half marathon!
I hadn't run 10K before, and I had only run 5 miles a handful of times. Fradley 10K was very short notice when me and Byron (my fiance and fellow Shabba runner) found out about it but we jumped at the chance, as it was very flat and would be a great first 10K run for me. We soon realised we couldn't sign up online as it was to late but if we turned up early enough on the morning there was a chance we might get in, if the places were gone we decided to stop and support the other Shabba runners. Luckily there were places for us, so we were in.
It was a great day for a run as the weather was gorgeous which made me slightly worried as I struggled running in the heat last year. I met Shabba runner Greg, which I hadn't had the pleasure of meeting before, and Phil, as he was not in his morph suit I thought he was a new member as I had never seen his face before! I call him the running blue stig. It was nice to finally get to know Chris C a little as well. My cousin Gaz (new Shabba member) also met us on his bike, and it was a lovely surprise to see Ron (from parkrun) there.
Upon warming up my injury I had from achieving a PB at Wolverhampton park run with my cousin Gaz and Sam started to become noticeable again, I was very worried but I didn't want to let myself or the others down so either way I was determined to finish even if I had to walk through the finish line.
Me and Sarah, (a newer Shabba runner who I'm getting on rather well with, especially as it means I'm no longer the only local female Shabba which is nice) took a race start selfie picture and wished each other the best of luck.
Baz and Marie had said they had plans that morning that and sadly couldn't make it to support us found just couldn't keep away and shortly after the start I was suprised to see them cheering me on. Gaz helped me get through parts of both laps by riding besides me for a while.
I paced myself out at about 10min miles and I did really well to keep it up, that well that the Shabbas didn't expect me to finish so soon at 1:01:22 which I am over the moon with, and which gives me a goal for one hour next year.
To finish off we had a well deserved drink at the local pub.
I am looking forward to my next Pelsall 10K run
This was my first 10k event, although I've covered the distance in my training (and one accidental longer run - a story for another day!), so when Chris Collis asked if I'd like to run it, I jumped at it - after a little childcare negotiation with my other half/fellow Shabba, Chris Tucker!
It was lovely meeting up beforehand with all the other Shabbas, my obsession with punctuality does have it's benefits! The sun was shining, everyone was happy & it was a lovely atmosphere.
After a few warm up runs, we got ready for the start. The boys all picking their starting places strategically, me & Marissa picking a spot and hoping for the best!
I got totally lost in the moment, and went off way to fast, which meant the last mile was challenging. It was made a lot easier by support from our cycling Shabba, Garry, who distracted & encouraged me all the way to the end.
The standout moments for me were not about pace, or results. It was seeing Baz and Annmarie cheerleading, and crossing the line with a sea of red Shabba shirts ahead of me cheering me home.
I finished my first 10k in 1:06:20, and I'm delighted with this.
Next up for me, apart from Parkruns, is possibly the Pelsall 10k and definitely Market Drayton 10k
I'll leave you with this picture of Chris Collis' highlight - relaxing at the pub, by the canal - happy Shabbas!