Manchester 10k is the largest 10k event in Europe, but the biggest thing in Manchester is the support. What a superb day and atmosphere! It was uplifting and motivating out there today and I would like to thank everyone who cheered me on because you made my day. What a superb event!
This was the second year that I have ran the Manchester 10k and I loved it. This is so much different to me than any other race. I don’t do this event for a PB, it really isn’t set up well for it. If you want a PB, do not go to the busiest 10k in Europe! haha. Don’t get me wrong, some people will smash their previous times, but for me this is a run to simply enjoy.
I have come to learn over the last 12 months that not every race is a full on PB attempt. There is a mixture in my races nowadays. I have some really good, tough races where I am all out going for times, but I love to counteract this with some fun races now and then. This is where the Manchester 10k race comes in for me. I still start in the correct wave for my running ability and estimated time but I love to soak in the event more than anything.
Having ran this race last year and treated it more as a serious 10k PB attempt, I was keen to use it this year as a really fun run. So I popped my banana outfit on haha.
Let me tell you, if you run through Manchester on this day dressed as a banana, the encouragement you get from the crowds is incredible. I have done a lot of mad fancy dress running but this was a different level in terms of the support. It is days like this that not only do I love running, I also grow in love and admiration for the great city where I was born. Manchester, you are full of absolute legends!
Due to everyone getting behind me so much during this event, I felt the need to shout a lot of words and chants of encouragement to others runners myself. I was pumped! I love getting in this mood when doing any sport. Give it your all, drive a few others along for the motivational ride and get it bloody smashed! You can hear me shouting at everyone on the video below haha.
I have picked up a habit of getting myself a fun packed video selfie each time I race. It is something I have done for the last 3 races and I plan on doing it every single race until the end of the year and making a collection video haha.
In today’s race I managed to get a selfie with a giant bear and a band. Beat that! Check it out below: