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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km – Summer Series

The HAC Summer Series got us out of bed bright and early on a sunny Saturday in June. Blurry eyed we met on the 7.30am Met Line to make our way across London to Stratford, taking over the last carriage again; it’s becoming a bit of habit.

This race is a newby to the Summer Series but a couple of us had pounded round the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before. As we arrived we found memories of the fabulous London 2012 Games greeting us. We knew it would be a great morning.

This is a small and friendly 10k which forms part of it’s very own series. With the sun beating down on us we were off to complete the three lap course. Unlike most I actually like lap races and this was no different. The route was up and down both sides of the canal that runs through the park so nice and flat, good underfoot but there were lots of sharp corners and bridges to negotiate to make it interesting. The laps also gave ample opportunity to cheer each other on from the opposite sides of the canal.

I’m pleased to report we all looked where we were going at the top of the lap and didn’t end up misjudging the corner, falling into the canal and making it a duathlon!

We were welcomed across the line with a lovely goody bag and medal.

Wherever the HAC go team spirit is always in abundance, it’s often commented on and today was no exception. The Race Director commented to me how noisy we were cheering each other on. Mission accomplished!

Happy but hot we headed for a post-run coffee and cake – four of us on foot, one on four wheels.

These races run on the first Saturday of every month from October through to March so if you missed this one and fancy it check them out.