This morning I ran the Hope Rising Cross country run which started at the scenic Avon Tyrrell Youth Centre with my team mate Lee.
Sue and I arrived good and early and met with Lee and the registered and went for a walk around some of the route, I think Lee and I quickly realised that there was a reason that the course record was nearly 44 minutes it was a very challenging route with numerous (and I mean numerous) obstacles and hills both up and down which made even out toughest RR10 look like a walk in the park 🙂 but I knew it would be a fun race and very scenic run too.
After a warmup we took our places on the front line and after a very un-motivational “if you don’t fancy doing the whole 10k just stop at 5” hahaha chat we were off….. Lee and I were running well in the top 6 or 7 runners as we entered the woods and both had a great pace, it was soon clear to me that Lee was on fire today and started leaving me in his wake but I was happy running well and enjoying the race, that was until after about 1 mile I came upon about 70 or so back runners, bearing in mind here I was in the top 10 something had gone seriously wrong, at first I thought I had taken a wrong turn but as it was later explained a marshal had sent all those behind me on a serious shortcut so it completely screwed up the race and never did much for moral.For the next mile or so I was dodging past the slower runners which given the tracks was not easy but eventually I passed most of them but it was tough and disappointing so at that point I decided that it was pointless trying to push myself to my limits and settled back to enjoy the rest of the run. Speaking to a marshal afterwards it seems somebody just send all of the runners behind us on a completely separate route which must have cut out some serious distance and was a real shame for those of us doing well before it happened but hey ho it does not happen very often and this race was run by a charity so all good 🙂
The course was amazing, interesting and very tough, a challenge for any runner and a 2 lapper but fun with lots of little bridges and crossings as well as little hills and some big ones but it all made for a very enjoyable race if you take out the course screwup 🙂
Lee came in an amazing 46:12 and I came in 49:22 which just goes to show how tough the course was bearing in mind last weeks tough race and we both finished under 44 minutes but I am so pleased I ran this today and helped raise a few quid for Hope Rising.
As we came over the line we were given a very nice medal and a bottle of much needed water and then Sue and I had to shoot off home to a portrait shoot.
All in all a great saturday morning race.
I finished this race in 49:23 and in 15th position overall