More of a fun race than a serious competitive session; the race started at 19:30. As we walked into the common, we could hear the music playing and see a bright glow coming from the field.
Registration was pretty straight forward and, for once, there were no queues for the toilet! There was a little bit of hanging about due to a super-informative briefing before we all started. The place started to fill up quite quickly and the rain started to make an appearance.
There was an option of running a 5k or 10k but we all headed to the start line together. As soon as the countdown hit 1, off we went. It was fairly busy at the beginning, weaving in-between people but it didn’t take long until we found a bit of space.
The course takes you around most of Southampton Common, along the footpaths. Most of the course has some street lighting but a few spots are dark.
It was a fantastic sight seeing the wave of headlights bouncing up and down in front and behind us as we navigated the course.
As a 10k participant, we had two laps of the course. It didn’t take long until we were crossing the finish line and joining the rest of the finishers in a medal selfie.
Overall, that was a really fun race. The added darkness made it more exciting and the relaxed atmosphere was a nice change to the super competitive races. A lovely race for beginners and pros alike.