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Comparison Sheet: A 10 mile race in the UK vs. a 10 mile race in USA
Comparing a race in England to a race in the United States. An ocean apart, but many similarities.

Comparison Sheet: A 10 mile race in the UK vs. a 10 mile race in USA

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By Don Allison
Posted Thursday, 27 March, 1997

The Sidcup 10, Sidcup, Kent, ENGLAND 2/16/97 vs. The Sharon 10, Sharon, MA, USA 2/23/97

# Times Run:

Sidcup: 99
Sharon: 3

Nearest Big City:

Sidcup: London, 12 miles north
Sharon: Boston, 25 miles north


Sidcup: 3 laps around city streets. Run on sidewalk.
Sharon: 1 Big loop around scenic lake

Course Organization:

Sidcup: Not marked, but many course marshalls
Sharon: Marked on roads, few marshalls.

# runners:

Sidcup: Appx 350
Sharon: Appx 350

Race Fee:

Sidcup: 4 pounds ($6) pre/6 pounds ($9) post
Sharon: $12 pre/$15 post


Sidcup: None
Sharon: Every mile

Display clock:

Sidcup: None
Sharon: At finish line

Aid stations:

Sidcup: 1 water stop (each loop)
Sharon: Appx five

Results posted:

Sidcup: Top 100 within 45 min of top finisher
Sharon: Top 200 within 45 min

Meeting Place:

Sidcup: Run-down elementary school
Sharon: Pleasant community center


Sidcup: Windy, overcast, threatening rain, 45 degrees
Sharon: Sunny, cold, light winds, 35 degrees

My time:

Sidcup: 1:04:01
Sharon: 1:02:32

My place:

Sidcup: 63
Sharon: 30

# women ahead:

Sidcup: 0
Sharon: 2

Winning time:

Sidcup: 49:55
Sharon: 54:30

Women's time:

Sidcup: 1:05:14
Sharon: 1:00:12

Dress of choice:

Sidcup: Club vest & standard issue shorts
Sharon: Polypro & tights

Post race food:

Sidcup: Tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes. Fee charged
Sharon: Juice, cola, soup, cookies, donuts. Free


Sidcup: Top three in age groups. no raffle
Sharon: Top three in age groups,20 raffles

Post race talk:

Sidcup: Club competition, London Marathon, rugby on TV
Sharon: People's own races.

People left 1 hour post race:

Sidcup: None
Sharon: 50-100

Chances I'll run in 1998:

Sidcup: Zero
Sharon: 50 percent



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