Just back from doing this chloebigmore.co.uk/page8.php Brilliant cause.
My sister didn't come with me as she was roped into doing a cross country race by our running group last minute. I nearly didn't go myself, nearly chickened out, using the start of a cold as an excuse, then I also slept late and then got a bit lost driving there
I was quite nervous as its known to be a toughie. But had a lovely friendly welcome at race HQ. Only 60 runners (mostly "proper" ones!) due to the call of the local cross country league.
The first 2.5 miles are a 900ft climb on a quiet lane. I started at the back (the only people behind me were a young man and Sian the "sweeper fairy"! )
I managed to run for the first mile even though it was steep, keeping pace with a very nice young man who said he was quite new to running too. Even managed to chat (till it got steeper). I then decided to walk and he carried on running but we were going the same pace! I then managed to break into a slow run near the top.
The weather was perfect, cold, bright and no wind and the scenery was stunning so that all helped. There were also lots of marshalls who were very encouraging. And at mile 3 water and jelly babies!
WE then went off road, undulating round a wind farm. You had to really concentrate where you were running because it was uneven and then muddy and very very wet, but it It was hard concentrating cos the views were so beautiful!.
I loved this bit! Talk about rediscovering one's inner child! At one point I ran into a puddle in realised too late it was up to my knees! Bit of a vicar of Dibley moment!
Then about a mile of descent, mostly on concrete (a road they had put down only to install the wind farm), and I found this bit quite hard on the legs
I think I might have come in last but two, but there were at least 2 people who dropped out in the first 2 miles so I am very proud of myself and also really pleased with my time given the terrain.
It was such a friendly event, I wasnt on my own for 1 minute once I registered, really encouraging lovely people.
Definitely going back next year!