I have grown up with Bideford as my second home. My Grandmother lived there and so did my cousins and Aunties and Uncles and I had spent many a happy summer holiday in the North Devon town.
Realising that I was available on that Sunday and there were still places left I signed up straight away.
The morning of the race arrived and as with most races my alarm clock went of at 6am. I jumped out of bed, fueled up and headed out the door to drive the 90 minutes up country to North Devon.
|Pre race breakfast of pancakes and blueberries|
|My race number pinned to my bib ready to go.|
Every car that I past filled me with excitement and there were a few odd occasions where I thought perhaps I should boycott the race and head to the classic car show instead!!!
I continued to the race and arrived in good time and lots of people were arriving too. It felt so lovely to be back in Bideford. The sun was glorious and it made the town look even more stunning. The sun glistened on the water and I did my usual joining the toilet queue immediately!
Being a more local race for myself there were a few other runners from Newquay Road Runners and a friendly atmosphere all around.
|Newquay road runners ready for the Bideford 10km|
|Arriving early for the Bideford 10km|
|Runnerrs assembling ready for the Bideford 10km|
|Waiting for the race to start amungst crowds of runners|
It was such a lovely day but it was hot. The trees lined the road and kept any breeze away and the sun was beating down on all the runners creating a crowded bubble of heat slowly running along the coast road.
On arrival at Instow we turned off the road and headed back on ourselves along the Tarka trail back towards Bideford. Although, heading back towards Bideford the little white town looked really far away but for the return leg of the journey we fortunately had a sea breeze to cool the runners down.
With a water station and the breeze I had a second burst of energy to complete the race finishing with a time of 00:54:26 which was another PB beating my previous time at the Cardiff Bay Run by 1 Minute and 23 seconds. That might not sound like a long time but for me that was a brilliant result and meant I was running around 15 seconds quicker on each mile on a 10km race course.
|Finished the Bideford 10km with my race medal|
|Westward Ho! In the Sunshine|
|Putting my feet up for a rest after running the Bideford 10km|