In the week I had a look to see if there were any nearby parkruns I hadn’t done. I noticed that this one was technically local and it was new to me! I had a look at it on Facebook, only to find out it is the event’s one year anniversary today… It also said there would be cake so I had to do it!!
I didn’t know anything about the course except that it followed the promenade all the way along, looking out across the stunning sea. A couple of people told me the route before we headed off which involved two loops and a half of the route.
The local Mayor and a parkrun ambassador both gave a talk before the start to celebrate the one year anniversary and there were lots of fantastic fancy dress!! Big shout out to the two penguins, the seagull and the dinosaur ?!
The start line was a nice size and it was easy to get away from everyone. One of the runners did say I was running too fast and asked me to slow down as I went off ? First half mile was pretty easy all the way down to the far end and I got a very good pace going. As I turned around and headed back, I was against the coastal wind which was quite strong (If you didn’t know I’ve been ill with a cold this week and I could really feel it in my lungs).
On the way back, I was on a different path to the runners going out, and I passed the finish area and continued further along before looping back and out of the wind again. Back to where we started, and I had another full lap and a half to go.
I then found the back of the pack and I weaved in and out – some of the promenade was quite narrow so I did have to slow down a little bit from time to time. Thank you to all those that shouted out well done Adam! I did try to give encouragement to some of the runners I was passing too.
The hardest bit was probably the last half as there were a lot of runners and I had to completely slow down on the turnaround point. But as the race organisers said: ‘it’s a run not a race’. It was great to see young and older runners out there on the seafront taking part. There was a great atmosphere at this one and I really enjoyed it.
I’m very happy with my time considering that I have man flu.
I was 1st to finish in 17:10. Again congratulations Teignmouth Promenade parkrun on your first birthday and I hope you have many more!
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