Night of 10k PBs with Lornah!

I can’t remember the last time I laid foot on an athletics track, probably over a year ago at a pre-marathon event at Meadowbank in Edinburgh, but I’ve always been excited by the speed and buzz of a track meet, whether its during a club interval training session or at a big event like the Commonwealth Games. There’s something special about stepping onto that springy red surface knowing that your athletics sporting heroes have trained and raced there.
On Saturday evening I got to feel that track under my feet again at Parliament Hill, home of Highgate Harriers and the stage for the Night of the 10,000 PBs, an athletics meet that brings the best 10k elite runners together for an exciting battle for qualifying times and medal places.

It was also the stage for a one off pop-up of new women’s sportswear brand Lornahsports from the extrodinary athlete herself Lornah Kiplagat. I was invited along to meet and run with Lornah’s brand ambassador and 800m Olympic athlete Jemma Simpson and celebrate their new S/S15 range of beautiful African-inspired clothing.

After a run with Jemma around Hampstead Heath, chatting about training, races and nutrition tips as we went, we headed back to the Lornah stand on the track for some stretching, a browse of the new collection and some bubbly to celebrate the launch. The new range from Lornah is simply stunning, the colours are so vibrant and the prints really stand out. It reflects Lornah’s ethos – feeling the spirit and energy of Africa when you run – and as a woman it’s empowering to be able to wear beautiful kit that allows you to perform well and feel good.

It was then into lane 3 for some trackside action of the 10,000m races and we cheered the athletes on as they sped past us, 25 laps of tactical running and some unbelievable pace. The event culminated with the two elite races, firstly the women and finishing with the men. The women’s race was a particularly exciting one to watch as a group of three ladies seem to be leading together at the front for the majority of the race, before two up’d the pace after half way and then with about 1k to go there seemed to be a clear winner. With only 800m to go however, the lady in 2nd found another gear and kicked for home, reeling the leader in and breezing past her with what seemed the freshest of legs.

It was amazing to watch the strength and power of all of the athletes in such an event and I felt inspired by their spirit and determination that they brought to the track. So much so I bought a new pair of trainers for myself and put an interval session with Fulham RC in the diary for Monday evening! Bring on the speed!

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