Is history going to repeat itself? No. Not planning to do many HMs this year. But had to do this one as a gauge for my pace for another race this year. And it is the second time this event has been held and I wanted to take part.
Same route but this time I thought I would be running alone. Met up with and chatted to a variety of folks along the way, including an ex colleague, Annie, who I ran for about 8 miles with.
As we got to within 2 miles of the finish there was a chap not looking too happy, he had lost his running vibe and was walking. It was my turn to repay the favours that others had bestowed upon me so I took him by the hand and we ran together. I gave back the support and encouragement to get this man up Chequers and along the path to Gosling. He then said he was OK and I ran off to finish. I was announced across the line as having knocked 6 minutes off my time from last year.
Met up with the chap when he was getting his tshirt and he gave me a huge hug, I was so happy he had finished in, as he said, a far better time than he imagined.
Got my medal, tshirt and another water bottle 🙂
Gun time: 1.51.18. Chip time 1.50.45. Overall 191/462. Female 47/194. Category W50 2/17.
Entered this at short notice – 3 mile run at University of Hatfield deHavilland campus in aid of Sports Relief.
Chilly start but as numbers grew so we huddled together to stay warm. Lady Mayoress started us off and we went along the fields behind the university. Loved being offorad, didn’t like the headwind very much.
Battled along and ran hard to discover I was first lady finisher 🙂
Medal presented by lady Mayoress.
Gun time 23.36. Overall 8/86. Female 1/55
After last years brilliant event I did it again. Ran 7k alone this time and still enjoyed myself.
The atmosphere was just as energised as last year, and as dusk fell the day-glo clad torch wielding mass of runners set out along the same route as last year. This year it was much wetter as we had had loads of rain. Ooozy puddles had to be avoided and the hearing sense switched on to pick up the change in foot-fall noise as well as the squelshy feeling underfoot.
The cows were in the same field as us and they huddled in the middle mooing as we went by. There were sheep in another and they too formed a woolly baaing mass as we galloped on through.
As we got to the top of the hill, I remembered to look back, and was not disappointed. Again the long snake of light wove its way across the fields. Spectacular.
Got to the finish line with a decent sprint and collected my glow in the dark medal and goodie bag.
Gun time 36.25. Overall 51/303. FEmale 8/190. Category V50 2/23.
YAY!!! This year I did it.
As for Thoresby 10k, we went up the night before and spent some time with Dad and his lady friend, went to the Double Barrel for a steak as big as your face and stayed in the same hotel.
We drove down in tandem – dad followed us as we were heading straight home and he was going to lunch somewhere else. Mikes parents also came so we had a proper family gathering.
The Longhorn is Thoresby 10 backwards (or is it the other way around?). Either way it was great, it felt very different and I think I prefer it the Thoresby way. I saw Caroline (who beat me last time) who was marshalling – was fab to run by and hear her cheering on.
Approaching the finish line with the family there was brilliant.
Collected my medal AND a trophy for coming first in category 🙂
Gun time 51.50. Chip Time 51.38. Overall 39/308. Female 9/209. Category F50 1/17.