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‘Studland Stampede’ – 13 October 2013

Steve Headley reports.


In a very small field of WACers (I counted myself and no one else, though others could have made the same mistake as me and left their WAC top somewhere not in their bag) I alighted on the Studland peninsula on a Sunday morning for the Stampede.

Proper October weather was in the air, with a whippy wind that made the visitors’ area the place to be for a warm up and a keep warm. The cooked breakfast looked pretty good too.

The start/finish was located on the beach and, with the exception of a carelessly parked yacht, it was a straightforward run along the beach in the direction of the Bankes Arms, up on to the heathland meandering all the way back to the chain ferry, then back along the whole length of the beach, nudist area and all, to the finish at the National Trust’s Knoll Beach.

The going was good in most places but the last two miles had a mile of unavoidable thigh sapping soft sand, tasty! The scheduling of the race was fortunate as the rain started almost as soon as I had finished, and by the time I was back on the ferry it was horrible weather. The race itself was well organised, with timing chips for your shoes and a rather fun choice of a jar of strawberry or greengage jam to take home for finishers (I went greengage).

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