Lesley Pymm reports: This was the latest event in the Police & Services League and it was brilliant! The venue was the Prison Service Training College near Rugby, which I know well as I used to go there for work when I was seconded to the Prison Service. It was a two lap course which we were told was OK for spikes. In the race briefing we were asked to try to avoid the snowdrops!
I wore spikes and felt that I would have been better in studs – but others who wore studs felt the opposite. We started off on grass and went around a playing field and then off onto a track which was a bit stoney. Then it was alongside a lake and then off into woodland. This was a bit ‘barky’ underfoot and there were a few rabbit holes to avoid. All was generally flat and I just needed to concentrate on what was under my feet as there were trip hazards.
All of a sudden, about 1/2 way, round there was a ditch! Just a little ditch, but a bit awkward. Over that and back along woodland paths. A little deviation to the left and suddenly there was a steep little bank ahead. Not easy to climb as it was very slippery and was steep on the other side. Over that and around a corner and there was what became known as ‘snowdrop bank’. We had to climb over the bank (trying to avoid the snowdrops) and then do a sharp little turn and go back over it again, then along the path a little before going over the bank again. I am afraid there were some pretty battered snowdrops by the time we had finished the two laps!
After this it was fairly straightforward back to the start/finish area. I wasn’t lapped! On the second lap I overtook someone and nearly caught a second runner but he dealt with snowdrop bank better than me!
Showers and cake completed the afternoon. It certainly felt easier than the Nationals on Saturday. A good race. I took 1.05.25 and was happy with that.