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Having spent lots of time in the North West this year for work, most notably Manchester, I have been keeping an eye out for an event I could take part in whilst there. Eventually I spotted The Run In The Dark - a 10k run on a Wednesday night in November. There was a fair chance it was going to be cold and 100% chance it was going to be dark. I organised my work diary to make sure I could stay in a hotel on Salford Quays, where the run would take place, but it did mean that it would be the first of 3 events in 5 days. It is followed by a raffle stall on the following Saturday and another 10k in Leeds on Sunday morning! The run is part of a worldwide event organised so that all the runs start at 7:30 in the evening in their respective countries and aside from the organised events there were several 'pop up' events of a much smaller nature organised locally too.
Back to Manchester however and my little challenge. I wanted to do a good run and try to get a decent time, knowing I still have to try to get a personal best at 5k or 10k distances this year. It started well - perhaps a little too well, completing the first mile in 6:38 which is super fast for me and I thought I had better reign it in a little or I would completely run out of steam before the end. The miles faded and slowed, the further that I got and in the end I was looking to finish in my fastest time this year, but not a PB. I crossed the line in 71st place out of 369 runners in the 10k with a time of 47:47, one second faster than my best time in 2013 at York, so I was very happy with that. On closer inspection, my gps watch had clocked the distance at 6.41 miles which is actually longer than 10k (it should be 6.2miles), so although I can't really claim that I did it much faster, theoretically at the 10k mark I was well over a minute faster than this years best 10k time.
It felt tough but good and gives me hope that I can really push on and beat my PB in one of the remaining runs this year - maybe the Parkrun this Saturday or Leeds on Sunday??