The Dude’s First 5k

In case you missed it, my race recap is here. This one is cuter. So yesterday, the Dude ran his first ever 5k. His first proper race, the Ironkid, was about a kilometer, so I was a little concerned that he’d bitten off more than he could chew. However it was his own idea, he was very excited about the whole thing and we were just proud he was even doing it.

Being a total sucker of a parent, I took him to buy a new outfit the day before. Sounds a little extravagant but he didn’t have anything he could really run 5k in without the danger of chafing. That was my justification anyway. He chose a blue Nike top and some New Balance running tights. He thought he looked the bees’ knees!

New running clothes, an Ironman cap and his Dad's spare sunglasses.
New running clothes, an Ironman cap and his Dad’s spare sunglasses.

I mentioned a little about his performance yesterday. He ran it in a time of 38.04 and came third in his AG after 2 9-year olds.  There were 15 kids in his age-group and only one of them was younger than he was. (I know,  I know, I’m sorry, I am so horribly proud of him). I managed to get a few moments with the athlete himself and he graciously granted me an interview, in between rounds of Clash of Clans.

Additional Info supplied by his pacer, as some answers were slightly monosyllabic.

So, Dude. Why did you want to do the 5k?

Because Mummy and Daddy were doing it.

IMG_6636 family race hunger Were you worried it was a little far?

At the beginning of the race, I was.

What was the weather like on race day?

Chilly chilly chilly

How did you feel at the start line?

Excited. I think no-one else was in my age-group.

Just before the race began. Can't see any nerves, can you?
Just before the race began. Can’t see any nerves, can you?

What were your race goals?

I wanted to beat David

* David is our lovely friend who ran the 5k.

How was the race itself?

Good. dude Pacer, can you expand?

He ran the whole first mile. David shot off, but the Dude didn’t – he knows the story of the hare and the tortoise. We passed David at about half a mile and the Dude’s running was steady after that. He did keep stopping to look back and check that David wasn’t catching him and he took walking breaks as needed. The other runners were very surprised when he passed them but they were very encouraging, and the lady who went on to win the 5k yelled encouragement as he passed!

dude Did you fuel at all?

I had one gel. Not the whole thing. I liked the taste and I think it gave me energy. I drank apple juice too. I picked up some water (at the aid station) with my hand when I was running. I managed to drink it because I walked for a bit.

How did you feel when you saw the finish line?

Excited. I couldn’t hold myself back.

Sprinting to the finish line
Sprinting to the finish line

How did you feel at the end?

‘Woooaaaahhhh!’ and then ‘makes panting sounds’.

Were you happy with your race? Yes

How did you feel when you heard your name and realized you’d come third in your AG?

Woooaaaahhh! (Clearly the word of the day)


Third third, flew like a bird
Third third, flew like a bird

Would you like to do another 5k?


My Heart’s Content blog would like to thank Mr Ramsden for his time and congratulate him on his splendid inaugural 5k. He clearly has excellent parents. 

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    LOL, best race recap/interview ever! Congrats again to the Dude!

  2. dlubi says:

    The Dude is a rockstar! Family of champions!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome race report – you guys are all great!

  3. Angela says:


    So glad he had fun & is interested in doing another!

    1. Cathryn says:

      That’s the best thing, isn’t it. I was super proud he did it, super proud he completed it and clearly beside myself that he placed…but the best thing is that he loved it and wants to do more. He suggested he did a half-marathon but we’ve talked him down from that one.

  4. Grace says:

    TOO CUTE. Glad he had so much fun! Pretty soon he’ll be taller than you and you’ll be working to catch him. 😉

    1. Cathryn says:

      I reckon I have just a few years left before he’s taller than me!

  5. Nicola Johnson says:

    Absolutely the best race report ever! What a chap! He looks so little, running alongside the adults, but is clearly a champion in the making! Watch out Mo Farah!
    Do you have any parkruns near you? He might be interested in trying one of those, now he’s nailed the distance?!
    Keep up the good work!
    And have to add in a Woahhhhhh for good measure!

    1. Cathryn says:

      No park runs here, such a shame. But plenty of 5ks that aren’t too pricey.

  6. Sharyn says:

    lol, cute 🙂 I can understand why you feel proud. 🙂

  7. So fun! And clearly he does have excellent parents! Love this so much and love that the Dude is so into running/exercise but with parents like you two, how could he not be. Congrats Dude and mom! 🙂

  8. Love it!!! He’s already a high profile athlete: he got his own interview 😉 Congrats to him. It really is impressive: his determination and his time. I can totally understand you are proud of him even more knowing he liked it! That’s the best part. Also, love the fact you went shopping for him before the race 👍😜 Iron family for the win!!!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you! The best thing IS that he enjoyed it!

  9. Seeing the Dude crossing the finish line of a 5K, one thing came to my mind, and in French “La classe!”. When I was his age, I had never imagined running a 5K! Congrats!
    The outfit was also perfect. What can beat a runner with an Ironman cap?
    PS: Never disturb someone playing Clash of Clans 😉

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you for commenting, how lovely of you! I’ll pass your message on to him, he’ll be so proud. He’ll also be doubly keen to come and visit if he knows you play clash of clans.

  10. Kate says:

    Please give the dude my congrats and a high-five! I do think you are excellent parents and role models!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Ha, bless you 🙂 Thanks.

  11. bt says:

    BIg Ups to the Dude!

  12. Bean says:

    This is by far one of my favorite posts! Oh I love the Dude!!! Congrats!!

  13. Ma-features and Grandad says:

    So proud of our running family!! Can’t believe that he did so well – so glad that he enjoyed it too and what a fab outfit!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hello parents! Your first comment 😉 We love you see you soon. xxx

  14. THE POP WEASEL'S says:

    THE POP WEASELS Wow well done to you all.Good start to the new year. We are so very very proud.Now to combat your whistle Arthur xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hey Weasels!!! I’ve passed your message on.

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