Fourteen club members partook in the inaugural Smugglers 10k today, being held at Minnis Bay. The weather was dry and fine with a northwesterly breeze which on the out-and-back course was against you for the first half and with you on the way home.
The route is as flat as any and favours time conscious runners in their quest for a quick pace.
The race innovatively began to the thunderous clap of a canon and as the smoke-filled air drifted away, four hundred and fifty odd runners charged across the line heading west towards the distant Reculver Towers shimmering on the horizon.
I’m not a fan of there-and-back race routes but being by the sea eased the pain for me.
The course is all tarmac and concrete but in several places the sea-wall had minor subsidence and I’ve read reports of two different runners taking a tumble. Our Nick Clark did the club proud by finishing in 10th position (42mins 26”) and a wide range of
abilities saw FRC runners crossing over the line for another 36 minutes.
The race appeared to be well organised and the Minnis Bar & Brasserie is a great place for the post run refreshment you’ve just earned yourself. Despite saying I don’t care for this variety of route I’ll probably be back for 2020. One point to note however
is the clash of dates with a nearby 10k in Whitstable. It’s not what I consider to be the real Whitstable 10k, (that’s on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th) but it seems curious that race organisers want to hold very similar events close by to each other and on the same day.