Percy Pud 10k, 7 December 2014 – This was one of the first 10k races I ever entered, and I had mentally prepared myself for the long steep hill I remembered battling up to the finish line. In the usual rush of runners taking off at the start I decided to take it easy and run at a comfortable pace. I enjoy the thought process of 10k races, gauging how I feel and mentally ticking off each kilometre. They always seem to fly by and I’m just sad they’re over so fast. At the 5k turning point I was pleased with my time, and feeling very comfortable. After 7k, I realised that if I carried on at the same pace I would not only beat my PB, but I would also finish within the 45 minute 10k target that I had set myself for 2015. At 8.5k, with only the ‘big uphill’ remaining I found that in fact, there was no huge hill – I remembered it that way because I was a new runner when I first ran the race! I was very happy to finish with a time under 45 minutes, and collect my Percy Pudding. I’m sure my family will enjoy it on Christmas day, and I definitely feel that I earned it.
Percy Pud is a popular race, not just because the prize for all finishers is a Christmas pudding. It is a fast and spacious out-and-back course, all road, described as undulating but it feels mainly downhill on the way out, and finishes slightly uphill. I would recommend this race for all runners, it would be a perfect first 10k and is good for a potential PB for more experienced runners. Although there are 1800 places, you must apply early if you want to get a place as the race is very popular and sells out quickly every year. Car share if you can because the on-road parking gets overcrowded.
The event is organised by Steel City Striders running club, you can see their website and race information here http://www.steelcitystriders.co.uk/percy-pud-10k/