Last weekend, Aaron Nicholas was the sole Newport & District RC member to take on the Chester 10k, an annual road race around the city of Chester, which also forms part of a city race series with the Marathon and Half Marathon, the latter races taking place later in the year. The weather on the day was about 10 degrees, dry and breezy, which was better than weather conditions experienced in other races in the Midlands that day.
The route starts alongside Chester racecourse and heads out of the city onto wide roads allowing runners to settle into their own pace. Around 4km is a ‘there and back’ stretch of road so the runners see others coming to the final 3km of the course. The course is relatively flat up until about 6km, then a little hilly up until about 9km before a downhill finish into the city centre, into a headwind which the weather threw up this year.
Aaron was in the “blue wave”, starting at 9:30am, and finished 244th out of 2,659 entrants, and was 225th out of 1,438 male runners on the day, as well as taking 41st out of 247 in his age category. This he achieved with a personal best ever 10k time of 44 minutes, 21 seconds, and as well as being pleased with his race time and position, Aaron was very impressed with the goody bag given out to finishers, which he described as the “best ever goody bag from a 10k ever”!