Last weekend saw the ‘Run Barbados Marathon’ event take place. An annual event, and this year made even more special because it’s the year that Barbados celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Independence on 30th November. It’s a fun event that caters for all ages and all fitness levels, including: fun mile, 5k charity walk, 5k run, 10k run, half and full marathons. Taking place over three days it really is a marathon!
My partner ran the 10k, which I was hugely impressed with, given that temps can be around 30 degrees and humidity a heady 75%+ at this time of year (the ‘cooler’ season!). The race packs were great and the t-shirt and medal are both great souvenirs.
The organisation of the event was excellent (I can only speak for the 10k as we didn’t attend the others) with a well co-ordinated start and finish line, and water and other refreshments available throughout. Everybody was in good spirits and I stood with many hundreds of people cheering home the runners through the last 100m of the race. Every runner was cheered over that finish line!
My partner said there was good support throughout the course, with spectators throughout the course and larger numbers offering encouragement around the central Bridgetown central areas. Even those from the cruise ships, docked for the day, came down to show their support and cheer people on.
The timing was great, beginning at 4.45pm the sun was just starting to cool, and thankfully most of the course was in the shade. I’m not sure if that was by luck or judgement, but I’m sure it was welcomed by the runners. The sun had almost gone down as the head of the pack started coming in and we were all treated to the most spectacular sunset, with many runners taking advantage of the cool, refreshing water. A tonic for all those sore and tired muscles I’m sure!
So, I’m inspired by both my partner and all those who put on their running shoes, gritted their teeth and took to the roads.
Injury permitting I hope to do either the 5k or 10k run next year. I have 12 months to acclimatise to the heat and humidity. I hope that is long enough!