The last race the kids ran was a 1K, and they both had to stop and walk quite a lot of it when they got tired, so I wasn't sure either of them were ready for a 5K yet.
However, last Saturday morning I asked Robbie if he fancied running with me. To my surprise and excitement, he said yes! So I quickly registered him on the website and printed off his barcode. This meant he would get a time and all his stats for the run.
|On the way|
|At the start|
So we carried on. The course goes on a path around a lake, and we overtook a few people who had started walking themselves. There was one couple of women who would sprint past us, then stop and walk so we'd pass them, then they'd sprint past again. I hoped we could stay ahead of them...
Robbie seemed to be enjoying himself, and he didn't stop chattering the whole way round! I'm sure he could have sped up if he wasn't so talkative. I just couldn't believe how well he was doing, he just kept going. We passed the 3K marker, then the 4K and I realised he wasn't going to walk at all.
As we got nearer the end, we saw Pete and Emma again, and some of the earlier finishers, who gave Robbie a lot of encouragement. He was by far the youngest runner there, and so he got a lot of friendly support. As we approached the finish line, the couple we kept overtaking passed us for the last time and finished just ahead. I told Robbie to run as fast as he could to the finish, and he suddenly shot off ahead of me, taking me by surprise!
|With his all important barcode|