It was a perfect morning for Round The Bays today - clear and sunny, and thank goodness the humidity had dropped a bit because it felt claustrophobic enough amongst all these people!
Look at that crowd stretching way into the distance! I managed to get into position about 500m before the starting line before it became too crowded to move, after the starting cannon it was a mere shuffle to the start line, and I took this photo a few hundred metres further on at 9:44am - just as we broke into a slow jog!
A lot of businesses enter their staff/families/friends into these events, so there are always a lot of T-shirts to read to keep you entertained while you wait:
My goal was to basically enjoy myself and run at 6:00 pace and speed it up toward the end if I felt good, and this was exactly what I did. I think. Whenever I looked at my Sportwatch it read 5:55-6:10 pace, and 5:30-5:45 around the last bay, but when I look at my uploaded splits they read about 6:15-6:20, and 6:00 for the last km. I have noticed this difference before and wonder if my watch is calibrated correctly or something!
|At the finish line|
Also Nike+ tells me I ran my fastest 5k (31:04) without even trying. I must run a proper 5k race at some stage.
|Some runners rinsing off after the race!|
|Runners coming around the bend into St Heliers Bay|
(that coastline in the far distance is the North Shore, where I ran my last race!)
|Runners approach the finish line|
Does your city or town have a big local fun run that you always enter?