I woke up early on Heritage Day because for the first time in a VERY long time I was heading off to go and run a race. The last race I had run was in March (Cradle which I had to downgrade from a 21km to a 10km cos of flu) and to be honest I was feeling kinda nervous laying out my kit and getting myself into bed early so I could be up and ready to leave for the race at 6am on a public holiday.
I got to the parking (I parked at a secure parking lot opposite Sci-Bono), had a leisurely breakfast, listened to my audio book for a while and then took a stroll to the start line. The atmosphere was electric! I was super impressed with how well managed the start line gates were (we were ceded for the race) and the gees with the 947 DJ’s on deck was just amazing! I must admit it felt very weird running a race by myself. None of my usual running buddies had entered the race and standing at the start on my lonesome was strange but also quite empowering. I run by myself quite a lot BUT running a race on your own is not quite the way it’s usually done 🙂 I only realised AFTER the race that there were actually a lot of people I know that ran it – wish I had known this before the fact so that I could have hooked up with one or two of them.
The race itself was AWESOME! There were so many bands and entertainers on the route and I have to comment on the marshals (many of whom were dressed up in their heritage gear) and JMPD officers who controlled the traffic – they were FANTASTIC! Water points were so well managed and there was enough COLD water to go around.
The route was actually tough with a few killer hills but any run that ends in a downhill over the Mandela bridge has my vote!
The only criticism I have for the race is the start time. It started at 08h00 and by the time I finished in 1 hour 10 minutes it was BOILING hot. I hope that when they have their 2nd FNB Joburg 10Km next year that they consider starting a bit earlier. Other than that, this was a divine race and one I will definitely do again!