Olympic Park 10k

My very last race of the year and where better than a place that has inspired me so much. Where I watched my hero Mo Farah storm to a supreme victory in the 5 and 10k. Uh huh, the Olympic Park was the venue. 10k was the distance and I was really gunning for a PB!
I think last year this race was the "Farah 5k" but this year they seemed to have dropped the "Farah" and gone for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust instead. Not quite so catchy! The Olympic park regularly hold 5 and 10k runs but they aren't actually on the track. I thought there would be some element of running on the track as that's what springs to mind where you hear "Olympic Park".


Entry
£24 entry for the 10k which I thought was very cheap! Some central London races will try and charge you £50 for a 10k which at £5 per km, is absurd. It was a chip timed race and there was a bag drop. Best of all, they had loads of safety pins for race numbers as I totally forgot about them! The 5k entry was £20.

Getting There
Uh! This was by far the worst part. The Olympic Park is not ideal to get to. Given the current state of the rail service (check my daily Twitter rants at Southern Rail), the only other option is to drive. However there is no parking at the Olympic Park so you are forced into Westfield Shopping Centre. I think the tariff is quite high so that was a bit off-putting.

Start Times
5k start at 9.30 and the 10k was broken down into 2 groups; "elite" at 10am and the mass at 10.45am. I say "elite" because I qualified for this!! If you put your estimated time down as 55mins or under, you made the cut. I can assure you- this may be the only time I ever qualify in this group!

Route
It was a 2 lap course that had 2 or 3 little inclines and lots of flat-ish bits making it good for PBs! I think for anything longer than a 10k it's quite nice to have some crowd support but to be honest, most people do a 10 in around an hour so it's not like you need people to keep you going. You could wear headphones too.

Goodies
An awesome medal that included Kelly's abs! A cotton tee and lots of Clif Bars and mince pies. There was a water station mid way and water at the end too.

Overall
I really enjoyed it. I was aiming for a PB (current was 53.53) and was running really well. Around 6.5k my stomach totally packed in, it felt like the wind had just been knocked out of me. I had to walk-jog-walk-jog to the finish which was so disappointing. I got a new PB (51.26) but this really upset me as I figured I probably would have been around the 47 min mark had I not felt so bad! GRR.

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