A magical spring day in Sydney's Centennial Park for a get together of friends to run and enjoy each others company for the 2010 Worldwide Festival of Races. Kris Howard and I were joined by Kris' husband Rod, Andrew C., Eoin O., Jo R and Jo's wife Emily, and newbie runner (and Kris' work colleague) Kunaal.
Kunaal ran his second ever 5k; Kris, Jo, and Eoin ran the Zen Run 10k; and Andrew and I ran the World Wide Half, taking it nice and easy and running at a comfortable, conversational pace. This was about enjoying each others' company, not setting PRs!
We started at precisely 10:10am on 10/10/10. Rod set us off with a starting pistol app he'd found for his iphone!
I ran the first 5k with Kris and we enjoyed chatting as we made our way around a pre-determined course in the park, passing by families having picnics, horse riders, cyclists, dog walkers and plenty of other runners. The weather was supurb. Around 20c/65f degrees and low humidity. Perfect running conditions!
We had set up 'camp' at one of the picnic grounds and Rod had volunteered to look after all the gear while we ran. At each 5k loop we could stop in and have a drink of water and a quick chat with Rod who would let us each know how the others were doing.
I left Kris to complete her 10k, and ran on to catch up with Eoin and and Andrew. Eoin finished up his 10k very well, especially since he's been recently nursing a shin injury. Some good advice and a new pair of shoes made a big diiference on the day. Kris ran an excellent 10k, missing out on her PR by just 13 seconds! Jo ran a great 10k and Andrew and I went on to complete our 21.1km in just under 2hrs.
I had brought a cool box filled with Sam Adams Boston Lager and we all gathered at the end of our races to drink a few ice-cold beers and toast our fellow runners all around the world. We spent a couple of hours chatting, laughing and enjoying a beautiful spring day.
The first WWFoR get-together in Sydney was a great success and we're already thinking about next year's event. I hope you all had a great WWFoR wherever you were!
Kris has also posted a great report from the day at her blog here.