At the start of the week, a glance at the 5 day weather forecast suggested that the weather would have the final word on the 30th running of the Troon 10k. High winds and heavy rain don’t fill you with any sort of enthusiasm for being outside, much less dashing about in shorts. Thankfully though the weather forecast gradually improved over the week, and Wednesday evening was with cool and dry, if still a little windy. Not ideal, but certainly better than feared.
The event proved immensely popular: sold out within a week of accepting entries. So despite being a championship event, only three Bellas got through. Results show 933 finishers, so a big field.
A mixed bag for the Bella results: Rose was pleased with a solid 44:39, just a minute behind her 10k PB.Shona’s a regular participant at Troon, but didn’t feel too good on the day, so was pleased to get around and finish with a sub-45 time of 44:46. I somehow managed to take a full minute off my 10k PB at my first outing at Troon, finishing in 42:25. I fear I’ve been talking about it to anybody who’ll listen (and one or two folks who feigned disinterest…).
A particular mention required for the Troon Tortoises who organised the event. Whilst it was my first time running this event, I was hugely impressed with the event, the course, the goodies at the end, but particularly the marshalling. A phased start was honoured by participants and worked, and friendly, supportive and effective marshal out on the course directing runners and traffic. The nice weather ensured a good turnout from the town too, so lots of high-fives to the children, and plenty of cheers on the return leg through the town.
All in all, fantastic stuff and a great evening. I can see how this event’s proved popular over the years, and look forward to giving it a bash again in future years. Well done Troon for putting on a superb event, and to everybody who took part.
Troon 10k 2015 - Bella Results