Race Flashback: My First Ever Race, Blenheim 7k 2010

I’m going to write a series of posts on this blog about all the races I’ve done in the past. I thought it would be good for me to reflect on races past and see how far I have progressed in the last 6 years!

Race: Blenheim 7k 2010.
Location: Oxfordshire
Finish Time: Around 47 minutes


I signed up for it with a work colleague to get some experience of doing a race before the 10k I had been training for. On the day I was very nervous.  It was a smallish local fun run but there were lots of serious looking runners warming up at the start which was daunting for a first timer.

I remember we got there ridiculously early expecting traffic problems, parking chaos and crowds. It wasn’t that big a race so we were just there unnecessarily early. So early we had time for a wander round the butterfly house and gardens. I learnt my lesson about turning up too early but better than too late!

The Blenheim 7k was a lovely scenic route around the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. All on good paths but very undulating. At the time I thought it was an hilly course however I doubt I would even notice those inclines these days on a short race.

I cant find any results online to confirm my finish time however I think it was around 47 minutes.  I’ve got a bit faster in the last 6 years and looking back it is amazing to think about how much I have improved. After this 7k race I recall needing an afternoon nap and having very sore legs for days!


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