This is one of my favourite races. It is almost all offroad, through lovely countryside, through fields, woods and a deer park. It has some hills, but nothing too bad.
We left Durham where it was sunny and cold. As we drove south we could see dark clouds ahead and we passed through a couple of heavy rain squalls. Luckily they didn’t last long, but they kept on coming for the rest of the morning.
We parked up next to the rugby fields (Race HQ was in the rugby clubhouse) and saw that the fun run was in progress. We saw a Striders tee shirt and thought that somebody must have brought their children with them and was running round with them. We got to the clubhouse to see Emma and Bill running alone coming into the finish They were disappointed that they hadn’t won their age categories as they were the only adult entrants ! (prizes were for runners up to 12 years old only). They had misread the start times of the races, got there two hours early and thought they would enter the fun run to pass the time ! Hopefully one of them will do a separate race report 😉
The start is a a ten minute walk from Race HQ and we tried to time it so we wouldn’t be hanging around getting wet and cold. That worked fine and we were off on time and into the mud. There was lots of it, I haven’t seen the course that muddy before. The hill at 3m seemed tougher than usual with the mud. As we approached the stable block, the deer were quite close and all together in a enormous herd, I hadn’t seen them all together before. A bit later I almost fell as my roclights couldn’t cope with the heavy mud on a downhill, but I managed to stay upright with no damage done. As usual the marshalls at this event were friendly and encouraging.
We came in just over the hour which was fine on this course and we wanted to take it easy. Then it was off to a restaurant for something to warm us up, we both got very cold very quickly after the finish. Rachel Terry, Bill and Emma all had a fine runs. We all received a mug in the goody bag to commemorate the 25th running of this lovely event.