“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.”
The Windmill 10k has become another favourite on my racing calendar.
2016 was the first year of running it for me but I was captivated by the moving start of a two minute silence before the race. I finished the race in 2016 in 42:36 which was my 10k PB at the time (before heading out to Lancaster Three Bridges 10k in 2017 and bringing it down to 41:30).
Last year I ran it with my longstanding running buddy Andrew but this year it was a family affair. Mrs C and the kids joined me this time around for a little weekend break.
The race is essentially a 3 mile out (turning just after the windmill) and a 3 mile back finishing at the same place as you started.
We headed over to the start line to get registered and it was obvious that it was going to be a windy affair as I witnessed one of the portable loos rolling away from where it had been positioned (luckily no-one was inside). It wasn’t cold as such but the wind chill was definitely kicking in before the start.
I couldn’t get warm at all before the start. I knew that once I started running I’d warm up but standing on the start line waiting to get going I was chittering away.
The two minute silence was beautifully observed as oppose to the previous year where people refused to switch off or turn down music that was blaring from headphones. This year Fylde Coast Runners had put out a few social media posts asking people to observe the silence which must’ve gotten through to people.
Two minute silence observed and we were off. The wind was behind me for the first three miles which was great and all but I knew for a fact that as soon as I turned I was going to feel its revenge.
The first three miles were at a canter at 6:31, 6:28 and 6:31 respectively.
As predicted I turned and the wind smashed me to pieces.
The next three miles were a battle at 7:02, 7:11 and 7:08.
A final sprint for the finish and I crossed the line in 41:49 in 38th place.
Sure it wasn’t a 10k PB but it was a course PB.
My aim next year is to participate in the race again and try and bring that time down once more.
Upon finishing the race it was time to get changed, get some food with the family and get warm.
It would be another two hours until the getting warm part was achieved.
Yet again this was another well organised event by Fylde Coast Runners. The weather may often be against them in their events but they definitely make a good show of whatever event they are putting on.