Well, park of my mainland trip from the little old IOW was to try the challenge of a new Parkrun! Ashton Court, near Bristol.
Did my glass bead course on Friday in Bristol(fab, yes i am hooked!) while Boz went on a 68 mile cycle ride round the hills of Cheddar Gorge(mad fool!). Had a lovely place to stay but SO HOT in the room, huge windows but due to health and safety they were limited to opening about a foot, so way overheated even tried on floor infront of fan so felt like i'd had little sleep by Saturday morning! But the challenge was on, so no excuses Had looked at course description beforehand...............................
"From the start to the turning point there is an ascent of around 100m. This is mostly a steady climb, although two short stretches are quite steep. Nobody should be put off by this. There is no shame in walking the steep bits - they’re always followed by some respite and at the turning point you’re rewarded with fantastic views over Bristol and the surrounding countryside, and the promise of 2.5km downhill to the finish."
.....that doesn't sound that easy for a girl used to mainly flat routes and has only done at most a 1k hill! Got a bit lost on way there but eventually found the carpark, some other people arriving were from a parkrun in Southampton so we hoped we were heading in right direction, luckily a local runner turned up and showed us where to go He said don't start too fast cos of the hill! no chance for me! Got a photo taken infront of the Ashton court house in my healthunlocked tshirt, though that didn't stay on for the run as too hot a day for that!
Lots of people there, the total running was 235 so a good number The guy running it was fun and made the announcements, including pointing out the guy in shirt, tie and cut off smart trousers who was running with his best man and others from wedding party to calm his pre wedding nerves- excellent!!
And we're off, me near back Boz near front! It was a gradual climb as it said, but seemed SO long, i was determined not to walk and made it to the top turnaround with much huffing and puffing! (Boz had passed me on way to the turnaround, he was going well!! ) then like they said, the reward of lovely views and a nice downhill run back, it really was a decent hill when you were coming down it- blimey did i really make it up that!!?? Little sprint at the end then collapse for a bit! I was 216th out of 235,at 34 mins ish, Boz 23mins!! Off to cafe for coffee, juice and scrambled egg on toast!
Wandered round the grounds on way back to car, really beautiful lots of mature trees, a fab rose scented garden caught my eye so had to wander round that, it was lovely!
Back at car not many people around(1 cyclist!) so managed to get changed, brought my wet wipes to have a mop up of sweat! Felt very daring but better than sitting in sweaty shorts and vest!
Than off to have a look for Clifton suspension bridge, had to go through forest then down big hill, clambering rocky surfaces, Really Hot again!! Back up said hill, another 4.1k in total, KNACKERED!! legs were hurting in new places!!
And then to top it off, on Sunday went to see Car racing HILL CLIMB which involved more up and down hills to watch from various points!! Legs definitely aching that day !!
Back home, have been for 6.2k this morning on seafront. Its 1 year today that my Lovely dog "Ruffdog" passed away, i had him for 17 years from a pup, (hes in my profile picture). Hope he will be proud of me, i made it to the top of the VERY steep Shanklin hill(only a short one) with the memory of him carrying me on. George Jack Russell dog and i are going on a memorial walk for him shortly, to find the spot up on top of Blackgang downs where my favourite photo of him was taken that hangs in my lounge. He was my fab friend and companion and i wish i had him here to give a hug. Miss you old boy
Onwards and upwards, back to work tomorrow so going to try and enjoy my last day of freedom!!
Happy running everyone