My second race in March was the postponed Trailman run that was originally scheduled for February.
This race was held in the beautiful countryside of Eridge Park, in Kent. Again I was joined by my good friend Viki Stapley, and another of our RPCC buddies Kate Collins.
This race is actually part of a duathlon series, and there were several options to chose from. We were all taking part in the 6km trail run.
Again this race was well organised, it was easy to register and pick up your race pack, and t-shirt.
It was a really bright sunny day, although it felt cold standing on the start line, once we were into the running and more sheltered it really was quite warm (I regretted my base layer).
This time I chose to wear my Royal Marsden running vest to publicise the charity I’m running for a bit. Again sporting my trusty Inov8 Mudclaw trainers.
After a quick briefing on the start line, we were counted down, the horn was blown and we were off. I started off sprinting down hill, before hitting the first of the mud at the bottom, through a gate and straight onto the first hill.
We had joked about this race a bit on the way, saying it was only 6km and we would run that on a Saturday anyway, but boy had we underestimated how tough this would be!
The first hill was a killer, it was really long and even the front runners were walking it after a while. It was steep, long and muddy and you really had to push yourself up it. Once you finally got to the top there was a nice flat stretch that you could get a good pace going (if you had any energy left after that hill).
This run took you through some really beautiful woodland and countryside, but woe betide you if you had not tied your shoes, several people had to stop as their shoes had come off in the mud!
There were lots of hills – It really felt like it was all uphill, although there has to have been downs as well!
The final hill was another long one, then a gradual accent to the finish.
This was a really enjoyable little race, which was tougher than I had anticipated, and would be really challenging if you had picked the 13km or duathlon versions.
At the end of the race you could grab a VitaCoCo drink to rehydrate, and a flapjack bar and bag of crisps.
The race also automatically sent a text with your race time which was a great little feature. I completed the run in 42mins.
After getting home I checked out the race results and had another shocker – I had placed 1st Female. Kate and Viki also finished in the top 10 – its fair to say we were all pretty chuffed. (I got another surprise in the post a few weeks later, prize money, which has been donated to my charity)