How to be first woman in a fun run by the Unsporty Woman 🙂
- Choose a fun run without many people; then select the distance with the least amount of entrants
- Make sure it’s a stinking hot day
- Start at the very back and wait until the other runners start to wilt and walk
- Keep plodding along at your happy pace and cross the line in front
Ringarooma is a small country town in eastern Tasmania about two hours drive from our farm and about an hour out of Launceston in Tasmania Australia. With a population of just over 200 it’s a sleepy little town with a post office, a school and a pub. AND the most beautifully clean, pristine environment – the air is so clear and clean it renews your soul!
Today was the day of the inaugural Ringarooma Fun Run incorporating the Ringa 10. The fun run had two distances: 10km and 4km. It was put on as part of the 82nd Annual Ringarooma Show.
And it was hot. 29ºC hot. Tasmania you are certainly doing some crazy mixed up spring weather this year!
The Ringrooma Fun Run today was staged by the Launceston Running Club so Pauly and I decided to head along to support. Pauly did the 10km and I did the 4km. My runner’s pride almost got the better of me and I nearly changed to the 10km but with 54kms ran last week I decided not to overdo it. And I’m so glad I decided not to run more! Apart from the heat, the hills after the 2km turn around point were epic according to Pauly. I love hills, but hills and heat? No thanks. One lady ran her very first 10km ever and as she crossed the line we heard her say I’m never doing that again! Everyone assured her that this would have to have been the toughest 10kms ever! Even Pauly said that while it wasn’t the toughest 10kms he’d ever ran it was up there with a select few! We think Pauly came in 7th or 8th place, he didn’t take a lot of notice – time was 47:00ish.
And guess what happened???
I was the first woman over the line for the 4km and 3rd over all for the distance! Coming in behind the first man and the first junior, yes, the Unsporty Woman did get herself a place in a running race. Giggles! Guess how many were in the entire event??? Guess how many were in the 4km section??? I forgot to ask but I think there would have been about 40 overall and perhaps about 15 in the 4km!
Time was 20:49.
This getting places and trophies thing isn’t doing my happy back of pack style any good at all! I am the Unsporty Woman and winning isn’t my thing. Honest! Running at my happy pace is my thing and having fun. It would seem today that it was my turn for a little bit of at the front time. Oh well. I shall just have to grin and bear it!
My prize for being first woman in the 4km? Shampoo and Conditioner, donated by a local hairdresser (and an expensive brand that I don’t buy, so a real treat!). Brown-eyed Daughter #1 said it was because they thought I smelled bad! AND I probably did too!
If you happen to find yourself in Ringarooma next November, please don’t forget your running gear – you too might be lucky enough to not only run in a beautifully pristine part of the world but you might, just might be able to get a place in the second Ringarooma Fun Run. The odds are that if an unsporty type like me can…just imagine what the rest of you could do!
Happy running 🙂