Again a low Striders turnout for this one which many would enjoy very much. No T-shirt or medal, in fact only a bottle of water and a buffet after, but cheap as chips and part of the NEMAA championship series too.
Unsurprisingly I always think this venue would suit a parkrun down to the ground being a good surface and going nowhere near any roads. It starts flat if a touch competitive at the front, before a short sharp climb, then a long downhill when you can really get the speed up. A tight right hand bend across a narrow bridge and again you’re climbing up a longish drag. There’s a quick drop to get your breath back then the bit I always forget about, another short climb. From here it’s a short downhill, a tight right turn and a long straight and back to the start to begin the second lap.
I had a great run here which surprised me a little as I hadn’t run much this week, and had a horrible journey to get here – stuck on the A1 Western Bypass which was like a car park – and only just got there in time to meet Richard and Becky, the only other Striders in attendance at the start. Richard came in just after me and Becky ran strongly too – I think both comfortably improved on last year, here.
We hung around for the presentations and a beer and I was overjoyed to discover I’d won the NEMAA silver medal for my age category, and that I’d also won a silver from my run at the Morpeth 10k earlier this month. 🙂