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Manchester 10k | Race Recap

May 13, 2015

So on Sunday I ran the Manchester 10k. Having been slightly under trained I was a little nervous about running…

I headed in to town a bit before I was due to start and how glad I am now that I went when I did, I forgot the Manchester 10k is even bigger than ever (I last ran it in 2012!) I eventually found somewhere I’d be allowed to join the crowd thinking I’d only just made it in time… It turns out I was wrong, after filtering on to Portland Street I realised I was right at the start of the pack. RIGHT AT THE START LINE.

Start line_Manchester 10k 2015_Miss Pond

Whilst it was awesome, I got to be on TV (thanks Dannii for catching me) I was hurled in with club runners and the 50 mins pacer was next to me. Annoyingly the crowd was pretty compact so it was impossible to turn round at this point and the marshals wouldn’t let me wait to cross the start line. So bang went the starting gun and off I got carried with the club runners…

BBC Interview_Manchester 10k 2015_Miss Pond TV BBC _Manchester 10k 2015_Miss Pond

My first 1km came through as 5min 50sec, this is much faster than EVER. I knew this was then going to be a fight from then on in, so I tried to keep pace saying to myself I can only walk at water stops, of which there are 2. I figured if I didn’t try and keep up I wouldn’t finish, so up the music went and off I carried on running.  

The kilometres flew by, 3k then 4k then half way… I slowed for water as promised and then kept on going… 6k, 7k (more water) then 8k. The kilometre between 8k and 9k went on forever, I knew something was up and regretted not taking a jelly baby from the marshals. I caught my friends out cheering me at 9k and that gave me a boost, but this was not without punishment. For the first time in my running history I hit a wall, the world literally wobbled and I knew I just had to keep on going until the finish line. I don’t remember a thing about the finish, I was in another world. The race wasn’t a personal PB but it was a PB for the Manchester 10k, the last one I did in 1h 8m, this one 1h 6m! Crikey! Although this was a mistake and my body definitely punished me for it as I was really aiming for 1h 10m…

Manchester Mind_Manchester 10k_Miss Pond

I did really enjoy the race though and I’m chuffed I finished, I’ve almost hit my target running for Manchester Mind so I’m hoping my next 10k will get me to my £300 target… Don’t forget you can simply sponsor me by texting POND88 £5 to 70070. Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far,


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  • Reply Rebecca Shipley (@Shippers1983) May 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    My god you’re amazing woman!! You and Lucy are going to have to leave me for dead in July – I can’t hope to ever get a time like that. Well done for smashing it 🙂

    • Reply MissPond May 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Oh shoosh Rebecca! I’ve seen your 5k times on Insta 😉 This was stupidly hard and I was buggered after, really don’t fancy doing that again! At least I should be trained up a bit more for July….

  • Reply beccijohnson May 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Well done on beating your target time. It’s amazing how much the atmosphere of the race just carries you round! A great event in Manchester and one I take part in year after year!

    • Reply MissPond May 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you! I’d say atmosphere and being caught up in a whole load of elite runners by accident… Ooops!

  • Reply Emily May 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Well done Emma that’s fantastic! xx

    • Reply MissPond May 19, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Thank you 😀 x x

  • Reply Michelle May 18, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Congrats ^^

    • Reply MissPond May 18, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Bec Cowley May 17, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Well done! That’s a great time and for a really good cause x

    • Reply MissPond May 18, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you 🙂 x

  • Reply Bec May 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Well done miss pond. Right at the front – eek! Bet the atmosphere was really brilliant 🙂 norm says you’re a legend

    • Reply MissPond May 17, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! The atmosphere was incredible I really enjoyed it- first race I’ve enjoyed in a while! Thanks Norm x

      • Reply Bec May 17, 2015 at 9:06 pm

        Really good to hear that you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Reply Sim @ Sims Life May 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Many congratulations!!! You did so well and it’s nice to get a PB – beating your original Mcr 10k by 2 minutes is awesome, however I can imagine having to run up front was quite intimidating – but you did it!! 🙂 Sim #WeightLossWednesday xx

    • Reply MissPond May 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It was tough work! Definitely going to run again next year…

  • Reply Claire Duffy May 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Wow – well done! I’ve just signed up for a 5k an am nervous about that. However – you never turn down a jelly baby! Ever! That’s one of the first rules of life.

    • Reply MissPond May 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I’m sure the 5k will be awesome! I think I was just so focussed on the finish line, I didn’t have the energy to attempt to take one! Lol 🙂

  • Reply jasmincharlotte May 13, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Woo congrats!! You did so well! That would be terrifying to be at the front. I really need to do another ten km! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Reply MissPond May 14, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Thank you Jas! It was absolutely terrifying and the race was a blur! I’ve got another 2 10kms next month…. Ooops!

  • Reply Emma-Louise Cullen May 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    The steep bit 6-7k was hell for me. Be proud mate, not everybody can run 10k… it’s a long bloody way. x

    • Reply MissPond May 14, 2015 at 10:06 am

      I’m not so fussed by hills, it’s the down hill where I’m always caught out coz I run too fast then I’m buggered later on!!!! I’m proud, just achey 😉 x

  • Reply JessicaLouise (@JessycaLouise) May 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Well done, you should be so proud. You’re so inspirational 🙂 x

    • Reply MissPond May 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Thank you 🙂 I just wish my legs were proud of me… They still don’t feel like part of me today! Ooops!

  • Reply Kerri May 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Woop woop!! I only want to be able to run 5km… but you know, 10km can be a dream 🙂

    • Reply MissPond May 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

      If you can run 5km, 10km is doable!!! I always thought I’d never run more than 5k 🙂

  • Reply Suzanne May 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Great work 🙂 I’m completely in awe, I think a 5k would be completely beyond me let along 10k

    • Reply MissPond May 21, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      I bet you could do it, you could definitely do 5k!! x

  • Reply Anca May 13, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats!! You did great, you should be so proud of you x

    • Reply MissPond May 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Hannah Webster (@hannahwebs) May 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

    This is amazing! Well done lovely. I can’t even run much past the end of my street :’) x

    • Reply MissPond May 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Thank you 🙂 With a bit of practice I’m sure you could run further x

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