Now some people would read the title of this run and maybe figure out that this was not going to be a stroll around a beautiful estate taking in the sights and sounds but not me. No sirree didn't even see the "challenge" wording in the title.
I entered this race just after graduating C25K in June, after seeing a lovely picture of the stately home and thought "that's me, looks beautiful, I'll do the 5K". Also not even considering this was a trail run. Both a blonde and a senior moment in one!
Well now after a lovely Sunday morning drive of just under an hour,quiet motorways, clear morning etc I arrived at the estate. Already a lot of runners about and steady stream arriving.
Faffed about, collected number, t-shirt etc, warmed up and headed to the start to cheer on the first run 21K, then the 10K runners and then to the line up for 5K.
The first km was great, nice steady breathing thinking might go for a pb here...uumm no wrong answer.. the "challenge" then began...up hill and then up hill and just to top it off..up hill.
We did get some downhill too and I tried to open up with a bit of pace to make up for the having to walk some of the hills.
When the finish came into view managed a little sprint and crossed the line in 44 min. No PB today but a great sense of achievement and a reinforced commitment to "do more hill training"!
After catching my breath headed to my car with a huge smile on my face, shaking my head at my race selection but you know what I am so pleased I entered in ignorance cause it was great. The feeling after finishing was and still is brilliant.
About 10 mins into my drive home suddenly thought sh**t forgot to stretch so next parking area I pulled over and gave my leg muscles some well deserved relief, traffic going past must have thought "what is that mad woman doing" but hey-ho.
All in all a great morning and a big cheer to Wreakin Runners who put on the run, really well organised, friendly and great marshaling.
Would I do it again...you bet!!
Hope all other runners today have enjoyed their runs.