Preview of the Great Manchester Run

First 10k of the challenge

2 weeks have past since the challenge got under way at the very hot North Lincs HM. Was chuffed to get the challenge off the ground after numerous postponements. I’ve raced since then, training is going better than it has in over a year. The next race on the challenge is this Sunday and is the first 10km race as well. The race is the Great Manchester Run 10k. This will be live on BBC Two from 12:00. I have done this race once in the past back in 2016 and was two weeks after the Chester HM. I remember going off way too fast and then enjoyed the final mile and recorded a 36:27 that day.

I’m still rebuilding, so if I could get that time Sunday I would be over the moon. However, as the race does not get underway till 13:07 and forecast is it to be 19’C it is going to be another warm race. I’m hoping recent training and racing in the heat will help a little and I can get a good 4 miles into the race before the heat gets to me. However, I’ve not cut back this week in terms of mileage, so will be interesting to see how I race on tired legs. Again, as it’s also my first 10k since December it will be interesting to see how I fare over the 10k distance and set a benchmark for the distance for the rest of the year. I know my speed fitness is returning based on recent 5k races. Now I just need to replicate the performances in other distances. I’m hoping I can use Manchester and then Hull to get things right to have a real crack at Leeds in July, a favorite course of mine.

The route Sunday starts in the city centre out to Old Trafford and back to finish with a slight uphill at Deensgate.

This is the first of the races that is for the NSPCC and I will be in the green of the NSPCC and will be visiting the charity tent afterward. Remember 9 of the races will be for the NSPCC and 9 will be for The Children’s Hospital Charity. I will alternate between the two charities. Please visit the challenge page or charity page on my blog to read why I support these charities.

A massive thanks to everyone who has supported me to get me on to the start line, including Dransfield Properties and Fox Valley, who are supporting me for this challenge and have helped to cover race fee’s and my running shoes for the duration of the challenge. . Another thank you needs to go to Sweet Peaks who are donating 10% of any sales using the code MOHICAN10

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