Slaughterford 9 Ė 29 January
Claire Scammell reports
from foggy Wiltshire.
The morning began very
cold and foggy. I drove the 65 miles to Corsham in Wiltshire having not
read any details on the route. Having arrived, I was surrounded by
veterans talking about all the hills, mud and the killer hill at the
The race started on a
country road and was slightly downhill until we turned the corner and
joined a muddy track, going uphill. I donít recall much of the route
other than to say there were loads of hills, big ones.
Camera-shy Claire in the
I went with a friend who
commented that it wasn't very muddy. That was rectified a few miles
later with lots of really sticky mud which meant there was no way of
running up some of the hills, or down them in fact! There were fields,
tracks and had there been no fog I imagine some spectacular scenery from
the top of some of the hills. Having said that, there were some big
hills, the positive was there were some great down hills as well. Not
many flat bits. There was a stream to run through, thigh deep and I have
to say it took my breath away and hurt my feet with the numbness!! Still
cleaned the mud from my shoes temporarily.
The final half mile was
back on the road and up the hill to the finish. Hard work but for those
of you that like proper cross-country races with a few hills thrown in
this is a must.
Really enjoyable race
courtesy of Chippenham Harriers.
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