My legs are a little heavy this morning but I am feeling very happy as, after a long time without one, I've finally clocked a new PB. Yesterday I did the Elmbridge 10km, a nice, flat route along the river – mostly on towpath – well organised and with a very strong field. It's one of the races in the Surrey Road League so attracts a lot of club runners, many of whom are very very fast. I finished in 40 minutes 36 seconds and got a silver medal – the race organisers hand out gold for the first 100 runners, silver for the second batch and so on.
Another unexpected benefit was that the finishing straight was right by an abundant patch of ripe blackberries, so I recycled some of the water cups and came home with enough berries for a celebratory crumble. Possibly not terribly seasonal, given the humid weather, and definitely the cause of much amusement with my clubmates – but very tasty nonetheless.
Though the Elmbridge race is definitely a fast course, the towpath terrain is definitely not the fastest surface, so I'm now considering whether to have another crack at the Battersea Park Self Transcendence 10km in a few weeks. That's the fastest course I've run, in that it's paved, dead flat, quiet – at 8am anyway – and traffic-free. Though I run plenty of races just for fun, I like targeting a few just for their PB potential. What's the fastest course you've ever run, and did you enjoy it or does pancake-flat running make for a dull experience?