Worcester City 10k was shortlisted for best 10k in the 2016 Running Awards, so I was excited to run the route. I knew it would take me through the city's most beautiful sights.
As the ten-second countdown began, we were ready to go; hoping that the past few weeks' training would pay off. The route took us past city centre shops, through the historic Shambles and medieval Friar Street lined with ancient buildings, past the impressive cathedral and along the river path, to glimpse rowers and swans on shining water.
The crowds and race marshals showed fantastic support and were full of encouragement. One of my favourite parts of the race was seeing people sitting outside their houses to watch and cheer us all on. I met a few friendly runners, including a lady who was pleased to reach her first ever six kilometres, and a chap with an inflatable kangaroo, who greeted everyone with "G-day"!
By the eight kilometre mark, the sun beaming, the crowd cheer "Only two left!" and I push on and over Worcester Bridge. After crossing the line I'm finally greeted by another smiling marshal holding a weighty silver finishers medal.
Now I'm wondering what's next – a half marathon, perhaps? I'm not going to hang up my running shoes just yet, but I certainly miss the sound of my bicycle bell and the chain-ring whirring. Maybe next time I'll take on Worcester City Run Bike Run.