Lesely Pymm reports: This was the first time I have run this event, but thought I would have a go as it was the MMAC 5 mile Championship race this year. There was a lot of pre-race info sent out, so finding the place was easy enough. Parking was on a large field opposite the ‘race village’, so I was pleased that it was dry! Chris Tarren was the only other person from BvH that I saw there.
The start was about 1/4 mile along the road; as the roads were closed, we were able to warm up on the course and end up at the start. I got a good start and we were away. It was billed as a pb course, and although it was not entirely flat it was a fast course. There were enough undulations to keep it interesting.
The course was about one and two thirds laps, so we went past the finish fairly early on. It was a warm morning and most of the runners were seeking the shade rather than the ‘racing line’. Early on we went through a village where everyone seemed to be out to shout us on. Then, because of the road closures, there was no more support until we went past the finish and then there was a bit more support by the race village. Then off we went again on the second lap.
I had been struggling to stay ahead of a woman who I thought may have been in my category – she beat me at the end, but I fought hard. It turned out that she was EVEN older than me!!
I saw Chris at the end, warming down. He seemed pretty pleased with his time (35.14) and I was happy with my 55.08. I took silver in the MMAC W60 Championships, so was happy with that.
For those of you who are into goody bags – it was quite good, especially for the women. There was also a technical T-shirt. There were showers and a coffee bar to use whilst we waited for the presentations. A good morning out.