Apologies firstly to Digger74 , for the late post. This was the last of the Hoohaah series on NT properties, the first at Ickworth House , second at Wimpole Hall, on completion of all three a hoodie or jacket was yours.....oh the vanity of more bling....and a prized garment!
Well, day started off early as OH is injured and decided to marshal - turns out he's got a stress fracture (X-ray Monday) been walking, and trying to run on it since February - he completed the Cambridge HM and got this as well as his medal! Curlygurly2 thought you might like to know..... Hospital staff just shook their heads and said, you runners are nuts....his first question at fracture clinic will be 'when can I run....'
Anyway, driving into the venue the forest looked great and I was so looking forward to being within those trees - had a grotty week last week/work things/woman of a certain age etc., .
The first part was on gravel road and grass tracks, surprisingly more smelly roundabouts than those encountered at Wimpole Hall and no dairy friends to be seen......a little bit of a hill, but nothing like those at the other two, then it was off into the woods, a lovely wide track, cooler than 'outside' it was quite warm and humid. This track was quite long and fairly straight, then out into the sunlight again, across fields, but again much flatter, round some wooded parts again, one bit was a surprise, a large tree branch just about at head level, they had put some hazard tape on it, but I did wonder how the faster runners had negotiated that without knocking themselves out..........the water station was almost at the 6k mark, which I thought was a bit cheeky.
After the water station continuing cross country, I commented to some marshals that in my head 'I am sprinting', they kindly agreed! 😄
I had to walk from about 8k as had a sore calf - old shoes/new shoes - note to self - twinges from old shoes - do not try and make old shoes last longer.......
Trilogy completed and prized jacket obtained - I like a running jacket, more likely to use than a hoodie, this scrunches up into a zip pocket and has an elastic band/belt so you can carry it easily - fab! - a highly recommended set of 'races' very relaxed - in fact I've signed up for the 10 miler at Wimpole Hall in October - oh dear! 😱 Lordy that had the biggest hill - downwards......aaarrrrrggghhhh!
Happy running all!