I'm usually a lone runner and don't enter many races. I thought I last did the Ratrace Clumber Park run in 2014 - it was actually 2013! How time flies. Unfortunately my time didn't, I was slower this year, although it was not the exact same course and it was a lot warmer. The warm up was done by British Military Fitness and after that I needed a sit down, a heart attack felt close!
Have to say it was well organised. We set off, on time, in waves. I was the last one setting off in our wave (5) and only had crowding for a few metres in the first half km where the trail narrowed as it went down hill and ended with us going over or round a log.
There were water stations on the route and plastic cups were used but as it was a trail run it was ok. Not wanting to waste what was in the cup after a couple of sips I poured it over me!
The trail was through Clumber Park/Sherwood Forest and was lovely and soft in places. From what I can remember I don't think there were too many metres on road-type surfaces. Although some areas were rutted and we seemed to be running in tracks made by vehicles. Robin Hood was at home, didn't see him but we went along a stretch of forest where 'elf safety' had been as there was tape and notices saying not to cross because archery was taking place. The sting in the tail was the not one but two hilly slopes to the finish, one, in retrospect, a short sharp path and the second a longer sloping upwards run across knarly grass towards the finish. Take off the timing chip, pick up the goody bag and head for the massage tent where there was only a 10minute wait - result!
Wind down with a week of walking/cycling for Virtual Runnings Run The World. Two weeks running in France and then starting to train properly for a half at Halloween at Worksop - another highly recommended run.
Sorry, don't know why photo is upside down. Managed to get my uninterested 17yr old cat in too!