I rained the Nike+ 10k Human Steeplechase last night. Did I say “rained” … I meant swam – the puddles were that deep in places – and ran. If they’d given me a bike at 5km they could have called it a triathlon. It’s a testament to British hardiness that so many people showed up, despite the weather forecast – I would say pretty near the full complement of 30,000 were there.
At a guess, 50% of the people there hated the concert stuff – they were there to run after all, and the other 50% loved it and stayed near the front of the stage. How often do you get to be 10′ from Moby or Pendulum (who?).
But I suspect everyone thought it all dragged on for too long – most people where there well before 6pm and the first runners left the stadium around 7.15pm or even 7.30pm – the last runners probably didn’t get out for at least another hour. During the music, the weather was clear. Just as the klaxon to start went off, the heavens opened and the rain fell pretty much non-stop for the rest of the race.
Photo: from the Nike+ website