Race Review: Serpentine Running Club New Years Day 10K, Hyde Park

The first race of 2015…
 
The first race for Parkinsons UK…
 
The Serpentine Running Club New Years Day 10K, Hyde Park London…
 
My 2015 Running
After a crazy year of over 30 races in 2014 I am actually going to do it right. No longer will I consider a race 3 out of 4 weeks in a month training. I will actually train. And by train I mean train. I mean run the miles, wear the weight vest, do hill repeats and interval training, workout my core, use the dust covered foam roller. To motivate myself, my highly embarrassing race times on my Nike Plus have been put together in a spread sheet (sorry I am an analyst) to show me just how badly my half-a$$ed attempt at being a runner has been to date.
This year, as you can tell, I am running just 11 races so I am hoping to train and see an improvement over the course of the year to a point of PBs across the board with the New Years Day race at Hyde Park organised by the Serpentine Running Club.
YEAR
HALVES
TIME
10s
TIME
2015
LUCERNE
* City Mile not included
2015
LIVERPOOL
BRITISH
* Berlin marathon not included
2015
TWO OCEANS
LONDON BUPA
2015
MILTON KEYNES
LONDON WINTER
2014
HAMPTON COURT
SERPENTINE
01:03
2014
POPPY
02:22
LONDON ZOO
01:04
* Dublin Half not included
2014
ROYAL PARKS
02:13
PRIDE
01:03
* Dublin 3K not included
2014
BOURNEMOUTH
02:19
LONDON BUPA
00:58
* City 5K not included
2014
REIGATE
02:12
REGENTS PARK
01:01
* Virtual Runner races not included
2014
DUBLIN
02:12
EASTER
01:00
* Be a Runner Be a Gunner not included
2014
HACKNEY
02:27
MISSING PEOPLE
01:04
* National Lottery 5M not included
2014
ST ALBANS
02:23
WATFORD
01:08
*Jost Running Virtuals not included
2014
LUXEMBOURG
02:15
LONGLEAT
01:07
* Shine not included
2014
HASTINGS
02:20
2014
SURREY
02:26
2014
RICHMOND DEER PARK
02:11
2013
DISNEY WINE AND DINE
02:24
GUT BUSTER
01:07
* RunnersKnees 10M not included
2013
BUSHY PARK
02:06
MOVEMBER
01:04
* Great South Run 10M not included
2013
TORBAY
02:11
LONDON ZOO
00:57
* Tunbridge Wells Half not included
2013
EDINBURGH
02:23
REGENTS PARK
00:59
Southen Rudolph 5M no included
2013
NORTH CAROLINA
02:23
YORK
00:59
* Jost Running Virtuals not included
2013
PARIS
02:16
GREENWICH
01:03
2013
LONDON BUPA
00:57
2013
NEW ORLEANS
01:08
2012
AMSTERDAM
02:14
TWICKENHAM
00:59
* Virtual Half Mary on Treadmill not included
2012
ROYAL PARKS
02:09
KINGSTON
00:57
2012
MOVEMBER
01:08
2012
TEACHFIRST
00:56
2012
YORKSHIRE
01:03
2012
BRITISH
01:01
2012
LONDON
01:07
best
02:06
best
00:56
worst
02:27
worst
01:08
aim
01:56
aim
00:50
  
New Charity Vest, please
I am running the Berlin Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK and raising the money for them as I did last year. I am also raising funds for Parkinsons UK by running the other 10 races. I had been sent two, yes count them, two running vest by Parkinsons UK but when looking for them to run this race I couldn’t find them. I hunted high and low and then realised that I put all my race t-shirts from last year in a charity bag and dropping it off, and they were probably in there. So, Parkinsons UK, if you are reading this, I need a new running vest, please.
The Route
I have never run Hyde Park. I have run Regents, Greenwich, Victoria, St James, Bushy, Richmond, Old Deer, and Green but never Hyde Park. The route took you around the park edge, then looped back half way and finished at the Serpentine lake.
How I did
I wore the bright orange Asics Cumulus for the first time and I think this was a bit of a mistake. I cramped a few times, and my mortons neuroma is acting up today as I write this. I ran the first 3K without walking and kept up my average pace for a 10K. I could have pushed it to do much better but decided to take it a little easier than normal. Not 100% happy with the time but it could have been worse. 2015 positivity, that is the new black.
BLING
None! Even though there was last year!
None! Even though sponsored by Brooks Running!!
None!!!
Just a fucking shoe bag!
Obligatory Race Photos.
Sussex Photography did themselves proud this time, with 42 clear photos of me. Rather than those ninja races where I somehow run a half marathon past a dozen photographers without being snapped once. Here are two. Two feet off the ground? That is technically running.

 

My SUMMARY
A RACE ON NEW YEARS DAY – SAD FACE
A MORNING RACE ON NEW YEARS DAY – SKULL
A MORNING RACE ON A COLD NEW YEARS DAY – SKULL AND CROSSBONES
A MORNING RACE ON A COLD NEW YEARS DAY WITH MUSIC PLAYERS BANNED – DOUBLE SKULL AND CROSSBONES
A MORNING RACE ON A COLD NEW YEARS DAY WITH NO FRICKING MEDAL! – A SAD FACE,  DOUBLE SKULL AND CROSSBONES AND FOUR DISAPPOINTING SEQUELS STARRING JOHNNY DEPP THAT TANK AT THE BOX OFFICE
So would I run it again? No
Would I recommend it? Only if you have nothing else to do on New Years day, e.g. sleep, digest the previous day’s food like a boa constrictor that ate a pony, watch TV, iron your hankies.

There is a bit of a hoohah on Social Media. People are asking how 700-800 people x 17 quid means a cheap shitty shoe bag. And I concur.

NEXT UP
Cancer Research Winter Run, whose website states
EVENT FEATURES
•    Finishers’ medal
So will definitely be there!! With bells on!
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