Well today was another fab day out with the family and the Wind Cheetahs at the Hawkshead Esthwaite 10k and Fun Run.
The fun run was held at 11am on the recreation ground at Hawkshead and seeing as it was held a full hour before the main 10k event, I was able to watch the boys take part. It was a brilliant setting for them to run, and 3 laps around the field. As this was a safe course, William took part unaccompanied and Andy ran round with Sam.
William flew round and didn't stop once on his three laps. It was great to watch him and cheer him on. Sam needed some help to stay on task and tried to finish one lap early but was guided back onto the course by Andy. All the children finished to loud cheers from the whole crowd of parents and other runners. The boys received a fab medal each and got to pick a sweet from the box. It was a well organised fun run and all the children clearly had a brilliant time!
After the fun run, the children went to play on the playground and I headed to the start with a few cheetah friends. We weren't sure of where it was starting from but managed to tag along with some friendly marshals who were headed there themselves. We were set off by Cedric Robinson, the Queen's Guide to the Sands who had also set off the fun runners too.
Andy, Sam and William were waiting on the road opposite the playground as we came past and got photos and cheered us on. After that we were headed out of Hawkshead on a very undulating road down the western side of Esthwaite Water. We then turned and headed up the east side. Once I'd got to about 6.5/7km a lovely marshal said it was all downhill from there and it pretty much was! I was able to gain a bit of speed back and got to the finish with a time of 1.07.55 which is a new 10k PB for me. I had been aiming to beat my last hilly 10k (Herdwick 10k at Great Langdale) but actually managed to beat my flat 10k time from Ulverston last month! To say I was pleased was an understatement! I was also thrilled with the fact that I didn't stop the entire way round.
Once the group had all finished and had watched the prize giving, we whipped out the picnic blankets and had another fab group picnic. It doesn't get better than that! After a little stroll around Hawkshead we packed up and set off home, tired but very happy.