Managed my fourth 10k event in Willingham a small fenland town near Cambridge.
I wasn't looking forward to this because of the heat and the start time being 10:20 so largely at max temps. It was the sort of hot that you felt yourself burning within minutes of standing still. But lots of other people managed it so it just shows that it's all point of view/preparation/experience.
The race is described as a trail event as it does have some through woods sections and field edges but most of it I'd say was drove road and quarry Roads, as it skirts a. Quarry that is being converted to a rspb site over time. Did I say it was hot?
The first 5k were OK including what they had described in the briefing as the rollercoaster of doom(1km of quarry Road with deep lorry ruts making it very up and down) but after that I decided the heat was taking the enjoyment out of it and there was little shade to be had. So I just had 3 or 4 30sec walk breaks to help control things.
I finished an 1.01:56 but had forgotten to stop the watch as usual so I think the chip time will be a little lower. A time considering the heat and unpleasantness of it I can live with. The course was incredibly flat ignoring the rollercoaster lol so I will go back when it's cooler and run it myself as its very local.
I didn't see Madge50 so hope you had a good time and didnt find the heat as hard.
Im not sure whether to avoid such heat for races or accept it as a future challenge...