Crowborough 10k – race report

After several years of avoiding the issue and badgering by other Harriers I finally decided to attempt the double hill fest that is the Crowborough 10k. This is a two-lap course with a big up and down on each lap and a ford-crossing at the base of the hill, just to get your feet nice and squishy. The first time up the hill is tough enough, made a little easier by the sight of Ed and his camera at the top to give a little boost, but the second time up is a right old pain. But I managed to climb up both times without crying or falling over and posted a 10k PB so it can’t be that hard.

Nice little race, very well marshalled and so close it’s odd that only five Harriers took part. Rob was content with his time, coming back from injury, and Sonja ran her quickest 10k this year. Steve ran in a bright pink top so
he didn’t get the benefit of go-faster deckchair stripes.

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Cold November Rain in Florence (Thanks Neil)

The course is entirely within the beautiful city of Florence, on wide boulevards, narrow cobbled streets, across bridges and through parks. It was absolutely flat apart from a single bridge over a railway line and a couple of underpasses. Switchbacks gave the opportunity to catch a fleeting glimpse of the other harriers as well as seeing the historic sights again in case you where checking your watch the first time. Lots of right angle turns through the old city kept you on your toes while disorienting even the most orientated. The Duomo loomed large at the start and elusively several times towards the finish.

It started to rain about 2 min after the start and didn’t stop for the next 2.5 hours. Neil, inspired by the driving rain (as we approached the football stadium to do a lap of the track half way through the marathon?), recalled Axl from Guns and Roses, urging him to carry on running otherwise, “…I’ll just end up walkin’ in the cold November rain”.

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Brighton 10k

Brighton 10K

A rather smaller than usual group made it down to the Brighton 10K today of 10 runners, no doubt many were put off by the hurricane force winds in 2015 and the cancellation in 2016. Although I suspect many of the regulars were feeling rather ill after the Tri club dinner the night before! Conditions were however ideal this year; sunny (albeit cold) and minimal wind.

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