Race Report: Women’s Running 10k, Finsbury Park

I’ll be honest here, I didn’t actually run this race! but I did run 10 miles with Steph to Finsbury Park early on Sunday morning to volunteer as a marshall for the Women’s Running magazine 10k and I’m going to give you the low-down on the event as you still have the chance to sign up for the same one on September 27th.
The Women’s Running 10k series takes place in 10 locations throughout the UK, in Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, London and Southampton, and encourages women of all running abilities to sign up and join in with one of their fun and friendly summer events. This year, they’ve also partnered with the This Girl Can campaign to bring a 5k event to the series, perfect if you’re still building up to the full 10k distance.
If the event on Sunday at Finsbury Park is anything to go by and you’re signed up for one of the 5/10k races, you can expect a good course, lively atmosphere, huge support, generous sponsors and just a great day out! 
As a marshall I got to see all the runners arrive, get warmed up, chat with other women, enjoy running and finishing! get their medals and goody bags and relax and recover in the sunshine having achieved quite a lot for a Sunday morning, all in the company of other great women!
If you’re super speedy and usually go sub-40 minutes for a 10k, you’re likely to be placed in the top few racers and could win yourself some bubbly and a pair of snazzy new shoes c/o of sponsors Sketchers! Or, if you’ve been training hard and aiming for a time there are friendly pacers out there who will help you reach your target, from 50 to 70 minutes. Even if you’re not taking the event seriously and just want to get out there and complete the distance, it’s the perfect event to enjoy running with other girls and get yourself a medal and goody bag…talking of which…it’s packed with exciting goodies (as volunteers, we also received one as a thank you for helping out).
With a tonne of sponsors including Wheyhey ice cream, Everything But The Cow, Buff, Sketchers and Saka water, runners are well looked after post-race and I even got to try the new Chirps from Two Chicks – amazingly yummy, free range egg white bites that taste just like crisps but are SO much better for you! Win! 
Each runner also receives an event t-shirt 🙂 I was given this blue one as a volunteer to wear on the day (as well as a lovely fluorescent yellow vest!) but all finishers get a nice white one. 
To enter for your local 10k event, go to the Women’s Running website, or maybe you’d like to volunteer to get a taste for the series and sign up for next year? If so, email Paul Magner at TrailPlus, paul@trailplus.com, and let him know which event you can help out at. Happy running girls!

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