Was expecting a cool dry day but it was cold and wet at home. Fortunately Worksop proved to have the weather I was hoping for - cool and sunny (apart from one early lane which seemed to be a sun trap). I ran this 2 years ago and even though I had looked at the maps I didn't pick up on that the start had moved from the town to the college 😊 Which meant a long walk from our chosen car park.
The area was busy - 3,000 entries but not sure how many started. The fancy dress was amazing. I made sure the Grim Reaper was ahead of me at the start - and luckily he stayed well ahead! Hats off to the guy dressed as Scooby Doo as he ran with a collecting bucket which must have got pretty heavy and finished in a good time.m(He must have got fed up of hearing "sorry, no Scoobie Snacks".
The start missed out quite a bit of the hill,I had run last time😀 but there was still plenty of it left! It was a very undulating course and seemed to have a lot of up. There was quite a good level of support in Clumber Park which was appreciated and lots of small children high (well we had to bend down a lot) fiving. There is one part when we ran down a lane where the organisers had lots of notices for birthdays, sayings etc. Like if the circus act gets Violent, go for the juggler. I wish I could remember more of them but I can't, just remember they made me smile, I didn't have my phone so no pics either. The drink stations (3) were well manned but had the dreaded cups. Jelly babies were also handed out at 2 of them.
My refuelling didn't go to plan I didn't drink enough from my bottles and I had two mini packs of raisins but it wasn't too bad.
About 17.5k I saw there was something odd on my Garmin and later I found I'd managed to pause it for a few hundred metres! So my final reading shows me short 😫. The finish line came just in time as I was getting really tired at that point.
My Asics predicted time of 2:16 @ 6.24 and My chip time was 2:14:14 @ 6.22😮. ( My previous best was 2:34 two years ago.)
Nice long sleeved tee and badge for the effort. It has a good pic on the back but I don't know how to do a montage.