Another weekend, another race. A last minute decision after receiving a discount code by email for a late sign up to run either the 10km or half marathon distance at the Bedgbury Trailblazer running event put on by Rat Race. I chose the 10km distance as my ankle injury is still not completely healed. Hubby Phil decided to run too, along with some of my other more usual race partners, Kev Coda, Vince James and Linda Zeberga.
We arrived a little later than we had planned due to some slow drivers on the A21, but the race was supremely well organised, with slick registration, where you collected your bib number, timing chip, a good quality t-shirt courtesy of 2-XU, a rat race wrag, and a wrist band with your wave number on that you got to keep at the end of the race. After collecting our goodies and dropping them back at the car, we just about made it to the start line on time.
We set off, Phil quickly ran on ahead, but Vince, Kev and Linda all stuck with me at a slower pace, as we started to make our way around the trails. The run was over nice terrain, gravely paths, grass and a little bit of muddy ground. There was, as is customary, a certain amount of messing around, with Kev testing out his new go-pro stick and Vince bringing along his camera to get some video clips and pictures, but the run was lovely, the weather was spectacular and the company was second to none.
The run was through some really lovely scenery, past a couple of very pretty lakes, and through the trees. I was finding the running a bit tough going, having not covered that distance for a while, but my ankle was holding up ok, my main problem other than my fitness coming from my old friends blisters (holes in my socks – time for some kit shopping perhaps!), the others kept me going though, always waiting for me to catch up if I fell behind.
Two well placed water stations kept us hydrated and were welcome as the day was hot, and the course was well marked and marshalled so it was easy to follow, with markers each kilometre, as well as mile markers for the people running the half marathon, and at the splitting point it was really well signposted with signs telling you which way to go and signs further on confirming which route you were on.
The course had several up and downhill sections but nothing too tough until the very last section which had a pretty steep hill to get up towards the finish line. Linda was waiting for me at the top, grabbed my hand and we ran to the finish together, crossing one mat we thought we were done, hugged and were then told by a spectator that we needed to keep moving further up the hill. It was only a tiny bit further but I was struggling by then, Linda took my hand again and we ran it in together, picking up our medals, goody bags and a curly wurly . The goody bags were pretty amazing filled with drinks, food and a magazine, which once added to the medal, t-shirt, wrag and wrist band we had already received made the race entry an absolute bargin.
We stopped for a few photos and a stretch in the sunshine by the car before heading for home. I would really recommend this if you want a nice trail run, it was a lovely run and with the company and beautiful weather this was a really good day out.