Beautiful day… then we went running. 12 Warriors take on Manchester 10km

On Sunday most people were delighted to wake up to a view of their garden basking in glorious sunshine. Twelve members of Manchester Warriors were not so pleased to see the sun as the realisation hit; they would have to take on the gruelling Bupa Great Manchester run in temperatures of up to 25C.

The Warriors are usually an extremely competitive group but this was not about finishing 1st (we wish) but pushing ourselves to reach our target goal. As we set off in our separate waves all of us had different goals but the same aim, to destroy the 10K before the 10K and heat destroyed us.

As we all met up we discussed the helpful tips provided by previous 10K competitor Jenny and club coach Kevin Moss, both had differing but equally important messages.

Then it was race time as we gathered amongst thousands of other runners. We began out attack on the course in the sheltered streets of Portland Street but the coolness wouldn’t continue as we quickly exited the shadows to face the beating sun.

Old Trafford for most Leeds fans is not a sight we appreciate too much but for this one on Sunday it was extremely welcome as it meant I was nearing the half-way point. The showers at 6KM were an even more welcoming prospect as the run which had started as a mental battle was becoming very much a physical battle. The heat and exhaustion was taking its toll but there was no stopping the Warriors; well apart from the odd toilet break for those who didn’t adhere to Jenny’s pre-run advice.

A couple of jelly babies at 9KM were an added sugar rush for the final KM. As the crowd swelled it was clear we were nearing the end and then there it was the finish line… we beat the 10K and it didn’t beat us.

Times were compared and there was delight as everyone achieved their pre-race goal (well almost).


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