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
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Wildlife: those sheep!!! and cows.