McCain Bristol XC Challenge – 28 October 2012
Grace Copeland and Ryan Walbridge report.
This was the hardest race that I’ve ever competed in! No part of the
course was flat it was hills all the way! In the u13 race there was me
and Bess Bickel (6th) from Dorset in a field of 30 runners
from all over the country. I had a great race fighting all the way with
Alice Davis, my rival from North Somerset. Alice had an awesome race
finishing in 2nd place. I had to fight for 4th
place coming down the home straight as I crossed the line I collapsed on
the floor gasping for air pipping the girl in front of me at the post
which was great because I won a £20 gift voucher and got to stand on the
Next up was Piers he had a great race running with the likes of Hugo
Milner, Sam Somerville, Jack Boswell and George Butler!! Piers finished
in 16th saying he never wanted to run the course ever again
as it was pure pain!!!
Ryan was the last to go putting in a massive effort as he had to run up
the hill from hell three times (Parliament Hill springs to mind!!!)
coming in 25th.
Piers, Ryan and I all agreed that this was the most challenging course
that we have run but I’ll be back next year to give it another go.
The best part of the day was the amazing Sunday roast that our parents
treated us to with giant profiteroles apples pies and crème Brule for
pudding yum yum!!
My race started at precisely 12.40 and I had to run 5.6 kilometers. The
course consisted in one small lap and two large laps. In the large lap
there was a killer of a hill, which really took it out of your legs once
you, reached the top and I had to go up it twice. At the end of the
small lap, just before you descend to start the large loop you had to go
up a very steep embankment and then carry on going up the hill before
turning right and going down the hill. Both hills were making other
competitors pull out, but after Ian’s hill reps in training I was
I finished the race with a sprint battle, which covered the last 250
meters, which was down a gently sloping hill. I came in 25th
out of 40+ as people pulled out. The terrain of the course was mainly
grass but the ground was soft and there were loads of concealed holes
and at two points of the race you had to cross a track that was made
from hardcore. At certain points of the course it got muddy and slippery
but not like the mud at Ham Hill. Half way down to the finish the ground
was not that muddy but the surface was really slippery and you stumbled
about trying to keep your balance.
The hardest thing about the course was not the mud but the type of
course it was. You were either going up a hill, or going back down the
other side. There was no flat so it was hard to recover while you were
running. Once we had all finished the running we went to the Dovecote
Inn, which was just outside Ashton Court estate. We had a lovely lunch
there, as after a hard race we had to regain our energy levels.