Weather wise I would say it was perfect this morning, cold, dry no wind. But what had gone before had definitely left its mark.
The 10k and the Half set off together and the route was exactly the same when at 6 miles the half goes around again but with a few deviations.
We started through a very muddy, wet field before hitting a tarmac downhill section leading into the forest which if you’ve been before you’ll know – its sometimes from hard track and sometimes mud.
A good course and a good atmosphere and good marshals who informed us that the leading lady in front was in 5th position, so I knew all was going well. After the 10k runners left us the first deviation was at 7 miles an uphill bog fest, hard just to stay on your feet.
The second deviation was at 9 miles and was an out and back so me and 1st lady saw 4th place man going the other way. My 1st thought was he could be an M50 so I put everything into catching him dropping 1st lady I pushed only catching him with about 1/2 a mile to go.
The last uphill tarmac road that led us back the way we came was torture and I dry heaved all the way up, my stomach cramping over and over (nice) but I had to keep M50 guy at bay. 1st lady over took me as did 1st m40, but hold him off I did and finished 6th. Very happy and he wasn’t even an M50..
Myself, Chris and Matt were 1st male team too!
Full results below
|1st||David Ives||Sevenoaks||1st M||38.15|
|11th||Clair Pluckrose||Canterbury||1st W||47.22|
|57th||Maria Gandara||TWH||3rd F50||57.00|
|1st||Cole Gibbons||Invicta||1st M||1.25.18|
|5th||Andrea Berquez||Unattached||1st W||1.35.10|
|21st||Chris Walmsley||TWH||1st M45||1.42.39|
|95th||Louise Hazelton||TWH||7th F45||1.57.14|
|185th||Mark Taylor||TWH||1st M65||2.10.10|