On Sunday 10 April 2016, Shipmate Pete Aston competed in the Cambridge Festival of Running Cambourne 10K for the second year. Pete took his place at the start hoping to beat last year’s time of 1 Hour 17 Minutes.
The weather was kind again this year and the wind that plagued last year’s event stayed away. With Shipmate Clare Aston and their children Maisie and Hollie watching, Pete took his place at the start line. With the amount of runners competing it took a minute or so to cross the start line, but once crossed the race was well and truly underway.
Cambridgeshire is renowned for being a flat county, however Pete will inform you that from the 2Km mark to the 5Km water station it’s all up hill. The halfway point give a little rest bite with a long straight drop back into the bridle paths, the route then follows the first few kilometres back to the Business Park and the welcome sight of the inflatable finish line.
Again on the finish straight the announcer gave a shout out to the Royal Naval Association to which the crowd gave a cheer. Pete’s finish (chip) time this year was 1 Hour 14 Minutes and 4 seconds, approx 3 minutes faster than last year. The goal for 2017 is Sub 1 Hour 10 Minutes. This run has become an annual event for Pete and he hopes that other members of the RNA community in Cambridgeshire will join him next year.