XC / road / hill race 20:58  1.93 mi (10:52 / mi)
I haven’t actually ever got around to this race, but it is very close and is organised by good friend Dick Wall so I thought I ought to at some point.
I knew you started at the brewery, ran up to one of the lower ridges if Trahenna, came down and finished at he back of the community centre. I didn’t know quite how rough it was.
Jill explained beforehand. “You run 200m to the main road, vault that wall, shimmy through that narrow bit, over the football pitch, then vault a fence, wade through the burn, then wade through the very boggy field, up the turnip field, then you are at the bottom of the hill, and just have to climb up it and back down.”
Hmm. It seemed a bit brutal, and it was. I was please with my hard start, as fewer people were in my way at the wall, and I could pick the lowest bit of fence. I seemed to get the deepest bit of burn (mid thigh) though, but managed the boggy field better than most. The gradual turnip field didn’t suit me, the steep up did. I lost a lot on the descent. I waswth Des Crowe at the top. He descended like a rock though, and I descended like a feather. Stayed strong until the end and quite pleased with how I felt. First vet. Second lady to Jill.
The kids race was a cracker! They did what we did but missed the steepest bit of the hill. All round thumbs up from the small brown crew of 4. They won a twix, a buff, a can of dc, and a bottle of beer. Result!