Ever since I started running in January 2011, I’ve been a bit of a Nike fangirl, and working 20 minutes walk from Niketown hasn’t helped my cause! Entering We Own the Night, in London’s Victoria Park, with my running compadre Hannah seemed like the obvious choice for my first 10k of 2014!
The entry process, comms and race pack pick up were pretty slick and organised and I picked up mine and Hannah’s race packs from Niketown a few weeks before. The pre race tote bag, designed by Holly Fulton had a dri fit WOTN running shirt, timing chip, course map, and pacing band. All finishers also got an exclusive race necklace, designed by Alex Monroe (much better than some of the huge tshirts/ random medals I’ve collected over the last few years)!
I just hoping to get a sub 50 finish and enjoy the race. The first lap of the course was great, and every Km or so we ran through a tunnel with music, lights, and bubbles, making the race fly by! My only negative was how busy the course got on the second lap, and there weren’t any directions for people on their first/ second lap so the course got very congested.
Despite it being pretty windy, the flat course was pretty fast and I finished in 48.19, so was very happy, and just missed the rain! After regrouping with Hannah we ran off to the tube, and refuelled with a post race Tooting curry!
Would I do #WOTN again? 100% yes!
Highlights: Awesome race pack and goody bag, Alex Monroe necklace, Paula Radcliffe and Perri Shakes-Drayton on stage after the race, measured splits every KM available two hours after finish
Lowlights: Second lap very busy!