The week before the
‘Downton Half’ I looked out of the window with a wry grin and thought
‘Thank goodness I did not enter the Boscombe 10’, as I thought next week
the weather would be better. Wishful thinking!
Race morning dawned with a
temperature of 3ºC, rain, and a very cold wind. On reaching Downton
after a quick dash to the school to collect a t-shirt and a chip there
was a 5 minute walk to the start, we were all reminded that a ban on the
wearing of headphones would be enforced for this race, and failure to
comply would lead to disqualification.
We were soon out of
Downton and onto the hills, still very wet, cold and windy. The cold was
beginning to become a problem. At the 7 mile mark we were joined by
eight Shetland pones who ran with us along the road for about 1/4 of a
mile, I did tell them ‘No chip, no time’. My legs were so cold it was
difficult to run at a good pace and I had to walk on the hills and by 10
miles I was in real trouble, running and walking as best I could. The
finish had never looked so good, it was fantastic to be greeted with a
dry jacket and gloves, and a good telling off for being a ‘Mad mildly
hypothermic old man’. Then there was a quick dash to the school for a
very welcome hot drink and a hot cross bun. My first thoughts were
‘Never again’ but on seeing my time perhaps maybe.
Ten runners were
disqualified for wearing headphones.
WACers times were:
Tim Harris – 1hr47m
Bob Caines – 2h04m
Helen Allen – 2hr09m
Debbie Whittle – 2hr10m