What makes the brand-new Tilli 10k an excellent race?
- The course is a fast, flat out-and-back with a long loop turn-around; one for a good time.
- The course is also an idyllic meander through the woods by the river if you’re in to that sort of thing.
- The start is 20ft away from the registration-hall, you can warm up then stay warm.
- Today at least there was what they call a ‘strong field’ in attendance.
- No goody-bag, everyone gets a bottle of beer instead.
- Pies for all finishers.
After a quick start marathon-man Robbie Simpson, Canadian hot-shot Kevin Blackney and strong Dundonian James Donald soon sped away to fight for the podium-places. I found myself in 10thplace and settled in to keeping an even pace.
I slowly worked my way up the field and by 5km was tailing the second-fastest group. They faltered a bit at 6km and I made a move to nip past and establish as much of a lead as possible. The last 4km or so were fair windy and I was drained by 9km. I was just hoping no-one would try and take my place because there wasn’t much I could’ve done to stop them.
I crossed the line in 4thwith a 2s PB. Not quite as fast as I’d hoped but I raced well and was happy with the placing.
The Tilli 10k is brilliant – to be recommended.
- Robbie Simpson (Deeside) 30:44
4. James Callender 33:42
Photo Credit – FishyGordon (Captures the shorts at their bluest.)