Calver

Dark and White Events, Autumn series, race 2 Calver

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Sunday 22 October, 08:40

8C, wind, rain, wind, cold, wind, cloudy. Did I mention the wind? 40-50mph gusts on the tops.  A 10 mile race around the Peak District.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks. Shame my brother Jeff is working away so missed it.  Got there early, among the first to register.  After getting timing toggle I was chuffed when the woman searching lists for my race number struggled because she was looking at younger age groups.  She said she was surprised I was MV50. #flattered. A good start.

The actual start was halfway up a hill outside of Calver.  As promised by the official setting us off, the first 2 miles were uphill and the first half of the race was running into a strong headwind.  Glad I’d put hat and gloves on. Still freezing though.  Didn’t start TomTom for the first hundred yards, forgot.

At the halfway refreshments I had a gulp of water and one of the gels available, strong blackberry flavour.  Soon afterwards the strong wind was very helpful pushing me uphill.

Over a stile and I saw sheep coming up the field. They turned and followed me diagonally across that field. I was laughing out loud, running slightly downhill with 30 sheep keeping pace very close behind 🙂

Along a few wet farm tracks, I came across one of several puddles almost the full width of the track.  Tried to pass on a bit of muddy grass on the left but my footing gave way and I ended up lying in the puddle!  (Insert expletives here). I dusted myself off and just ran straight through the rest of the big puddles for the next mile or so until the terrain changed.

A steep downhill grass section at around 8 miles, and the last mile was a flat riverside trail so pushed on, plenty of energy left.  Loved it, a well organised event and enjoyed nibbles and coffee before heading home.  Given the slow first few miles I am surprised at the time/pace. Really was a race of two halves.

Got a silver certificate for the decent time and a bit of a graze to left knee for the aquatic antics. Nothing serious. Two weeks tapering now for the Indy marathon.

Distance:  10.1 miles official (TT 9.94m)

Time:  1:31:31 official (TT 1:30:44)

Avg pace:  9:03 min/mile

Calories:  1099

Ascent:  932ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  those sheep!!! and cows.

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