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Samantha Amend - GB & England Marathon and Ultra Distance Runner

Sun 23rd Aug, St Albans 10k

by Sam Amend - 23rd August 2020 | General News

Race number 2 the opportunity of another Covid secure race and a hot one for August so thank heaven for some of the shade in the race. I was worried massively on this and managed to rope in my friends to join me. It as a long trip from Oxford for a 10k but regardless a race!

I was scared on my speed having not raced or trained regularly at the sharp end.

Similar format to the Reading ultra 50k the 3 of us started in different waves and a format of 6 like a shuttle run and gaps of a few mins of 6 per each wave and 2 start times at 9am and 10am.

Lovely course, a bit bumpy of the grass at the start but some fast sections on the old dis-used railway. Weirdly nobody knew where they were based on start times, I had no ladies in mine but did see a lady in the front group and she later came back to me in the final 3/4k. Having experienced stomach issues had pulled to the side and tried to rejoin but felt unwell.

I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get close to 37 mins which I was aiming for as I just lacked the speed. Regardless wanted to finish in a respectable time and pushed through in 38:10 for the win.

Soraya, Trev & Sam