This is a three lap road race, so not my obvious choice of event. It starts at the school in the village of Cheddleton near Leek. Runners are immediately going up hill – a long hill. Part way up I could hear the piper and remembered that there is frequently a piper at the top of this hill. Many of us were applauding him as we ran past, then it was undulating for a while. We then turned a corner close to a field of llamas and there was a bit more climbing before we had the steep downhill and back to the start.
Just twice more then! I was lapped by a few runners. There were quite a few members of the public on the roadside shouting us on.
My time was about 5 minutes better than last time I did it – retirement is obviously suiting me. I collected my Christmas pudding and headed into the school to get hot chocolate and cakes. There were also cakes to buy.
We waited to support the prize giving. There were a lot of prizes given out. These were all donated. Apparently last years event raised £6K for Cancer Research and they are sure that this year will do better. A good event to support.