Oh I do like to run beside the seaside….

For some time I have considered doing the Blackpool Lights 10K. Not too far away and a race in the dark has always had some appeal since we did the Benidorm Half Marathon a few years ago.

I was a bit late with my entry which, if my memory serves me well, was about £20….about par for the course these days but not too bad considering they had to close the prom to traffic for the evening.

I travelled up there with new runner Tim Plested so we chatted and put the world to rights during the 90 min car journey. 🚗🚕🚙

The race was organised by Fylde Coast Runners and we could tell from the queues at registration that the majority were fun runners rather than club runners. The wind howled. Is it possible to do a seaside race in anything other than a force 10 gale?

With twenty minutes to the gun, the start pens were overflowing so we barged our way in. Funny how you can spot the two hour runners lined up alongside the 45 minute pacer. After Tim took pics of the sunset ☀️ Well I suppose it’s all about being positive. 😡🤬😡

So, it’s five, four three ….. and before we know it, we’re trying not to trip over those walking after 100 metres. Big surprise 🙃 as after three or four minutes we about turn and head past the tower into the wind 🌪. Noooo !!!

Two minutes later I pass Tim who, following Brian’s example, has stopped to take photos of the Blackpool illuminations 🚥🚦🚥

Anyway, great race, home now with three sticks of rock and the Long John Silver Award for the fastest old codger with one leg (not many in my category). First prize, a week in Blackpool, second prize two weeks in Blackpool. Home by midnight and a good night’s sleep. Well done to Tim who enjoyed every minute and who, no doubt, will soon be in PB territory with a time of around 45 minutes I bet.

Tony Clixby

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