Phil and I drive over together to this multi-terrain 10K race in Hamsterley. It was good to see some other Striders there (some in other vests) Colin, Shaun, Will, Debs and her dad, Jan and some of her family. Overall, there was good number of people (103) turning out for the race. I was expecting quite a bit on forest trails and although it started that way, we were soon off into the forest on narrow paths which were generously sprinkled with large puddles. As I negotiated my way around some of these I heard ahead of me a splash and Debs laughing as she got up out of one of these puddles. We climbed for a while then descended to a ford and climbed again and left the forest behind as we reached the moor. Once on the top and I could run again and there were more big puddles and while running through one of these (my feet were already very wet from the ford so there was no point in going round), I lost my balance, regained it, but not enough, and I did a quite spectacular dive ! No damage done apart from a few grazes. Phil also got wet roughly in the same place. Then down to the forest again, over the same ford and then a tricky diversion via a climbing path that was littered with tree stumps, before the decsent to the finish.
Great fun ! Many congratulations to Will who won the race and to Debs who beat her Dad for the first time.
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