Fiona Heath-Brown reports: Having only just joined Bournville Harriers a couple of months ago, I thought I would throw myself in to my first ever cross country race last weekend.
The race was a new course, 6.5 miles, organised by the Black Pear Joggers of Worcester involving muddy fields, hills, wooded trails, and even a small stream to run through. The course had both an uphill start and finish, which was certainly a challenge for me!
However, the scariest part of the race was when the cows decided to join in the run half-way round!! The course was set in beautiful landscape, and was well organised and laid out with friendly marshalls all the way round. A hot cup of tea provided by the National Trust tea rooms, as well as some goodies to eat were very much appreciated at the end!
I managed to achieve a time of 55mins59, which put me as the 19th fastest female. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my first cross country experience and would definitely recommend the race to others next year.