Blackpool, filled with childhood memories, walking along the promenade with my grandparents, pockets jangling with pennies for the slot-machines, candy floss, Blackpool rock and an indoor playground called The Madhouse (probably not an acceptable name these days).
There are also a number of races held along the promenade including the Blackpool Illuminations 10k, organised by Fylde Coast Running to coincide with the illuminations being switched on. In September 2011, I selected this race to try to beat my 10k PB time of 42:56. The race follows a very level route along the promenade and back. To beat 42:56 I needed an average speed of under 7 minutes per mile.
I set off on good form. There didn't seem to be any wind. First three miles:
So far so good. An average of 6:47 would give me a time of just over 42 minutes for the 10k. The turnaround point was at three miles. Suddenly, woosh! there's the wind! Headwind all the way back meant for a much slower run. I really couldn't feel any wind on the way out but it was obvious that my sub 7 miles had been wind assisted and now I was going to pay for it. Last part of the race:
Substantially slower. I knew after the first half mile past the turnaround that a PB was not on the cards. I concentrated on giving my best effort (and looking great for the cameras obviously).
out of steam
It was a rainy weekend in Blackpool. We still used the occasion to have some fun:
The race coincides with the switching on of the Blackpool Illuminations. Hannah was really tired but we went for a drive along the prom anyway. Here is her reaction: