Kelly Williams reports on this 9.6k tester.
It was only
a few days before the race that I made the connection between Gold Hill
and the Hovis advert. How was I going to get up there! Then, just before
the start I was told that was the easy hill. HELP!
started with a slight incline. Then onto a narrow footpath where
overtaking was impossible. Back onto the road and a little downhill to
the 1K marker.
corner and there it was .... steep, cobbled, but thankfully short.
Although many were walking, I was determined to run, albeit slowly. I
started to sing the 2nd movement of the New World Symphony (the advert
music) in my head. Da de da, da de da.... I made it. My legs were
screaming at me and I wondered how I was going to run another 8K.
steep, cobbled, but thankfully short!
The next bit
was thankfully flat with wonderful views over the north Dorset
countryside. This gave my legs some chance to recover.
wonderful downhill. I let gravity do its thing and just let myself go
making sure my feet were landing below me and not in front of me. Wheee!
smaller hills then the killer. The hill from about 5 to 6K just seemed
to go on and on and on. Da de da, da de da.... Part way up was the only
drinks station. I struggled to drink and keep going but I knew if I
stopped that would be it.
top (or so I thought) turned the corner to see more uphill. Only a
little bit though, then another wonderful downhill. Wheee!
the long slog back.
2K uphill. Da
de da, da de de...
9K marker, then after a couple more corners caught a glimpse of the
finishing field. Turned towards the finish and attempted to sprint to
the line. Crossed the line with jelly legs to be handed the heaviest
memento I've ever received. Somehow I managed to stay vertical!
All in all,
a tough, enjoyable run that highlighted I need to do more hill training!
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53 Jon Braund 46:19
118 Ian Kennedy 53:21
128 Jools Maskell 54:42
156 Kelly Williams 58:15
Wendy Kennedy 58:55
185 Bob Caines 62:23
208 Julie Gosling 73:04