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Inside the Bristol 10k 2017: Smashing PBs & taking home the trophy!

Group 10k

By Elliott Evans

We entered the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k as a team of 20, all with varying levels of ability and experience, but all with the shared goal of completing the run and raising as much money as possible in the process.

The money raised would go to our two chosen charities, CLIC Sargent and Jessie May. These charities do a wonderful job for the community and we wanted to give something back to them and we therefore jumped at the opportunity to enter for the second year running.

Without any proper training, my time last year was 44:59, so this year I was determined to beat it. Myself and a few keen runners in the office decided to set up an office running club once a week where we would get some much needed practice. This club went down fairly well and I think in total we managed to get in about 5/6 practice runs, all runs varied 5km to 9km in length. Determined to smash last years’ time, it was important to train and get the body used to a faster pace. We did a practice run a few days before and could then relax and look forward to the race.  

As I was determined to beat last years’ time, I ran at a quicker pace from the off and found myself weaving in and out of some of the slower runners in front. The first 3/4k went by pretty quickly and I felt good, however after this point things started to hurt and ache. Determined to set a good time I dug in and pushed myself through the next 6k and over the finish line, feeling extremely tired, but at the same time proud that I had finished. Then the good news came that I completed the run this year in a time of 43:20, smashing my PB along with the vast majority of our team!

Aside from the money we raised, we were delighted to be awarded with the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k trophy for coming 2nd in the Small Business Challenge category, competing at a record time of 03:06:10! Fantastic team effort!

The post celebrations were the highlight where we were greeted by a refreshingly cold pint of Cider upon arrival at The Slug and Lettuce. A few more drinks followed as we shared our experience of the race and how it went and about how much our muscles ached and that our feet hurt! Aside from the aches and pains, the one thing we all felt was a sense of pride at what we had achieved. Although the race has been run, we haven’t quite hit our target of £2000, in order to get there we need your support so please visit our JustGiving fundraising pages and leave a donation, big or small, every penny counts. To help us raise our achievable target of £1000 for each charity, please follow the two links below.

To donate to CLIC Sargent, please click here 

To donate to Jessie May, please click here

We're looking forward to taking part next year and exceeding our target and smashing my personal best!


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