Carmel ran the Grantham 10k Cup. When she received her race information, she was a little worried by the warning about encountering livestock, but as it turned out, this wasn't the biggest challenge waiting for her.
Here's how she got on, in her own words!
On Sunday the 6th April I took part in the Grantham 10k Cup which was organised by Grantham Running Club.
As I am currently in training for the Ultra in June I was planning on using this race as a standard run, I wasn't expecting much from myself as 2 weeks prior to this I had been struck by the lurgy and had only completed 2 very difficult long runs in that whole time. I was not prepared at how steep the hills would be or how many there were! I have been doing a lot of trail work recently so thought I was used to the rough terrain.
It wasn't a big race, In fact there was only 128 people who finished but the atmosphere pre race was really good. The race was held at Belton House, Grantham. There was also the Belton house horse trials held on the same day. There were lots of people at the event because of this. It was busy although the race in its self was very well organised, Better organised than some of the larger events I have recently taken place in. It wasn't chip timed but my finishing time matched my watch time 100%.
I can honestly say that it was a tough race, I was fully unprepared for the hills and rough terrain that I encountered, along with the stiles we had to climb over and the deer that went a bit bonkers when 128 people went pounding through their field, and the gate that seemed easier to haul myself over rather than fiddle with the lock!!!
I had gone into the race totally oblivious and had not even looked into it at all prior to the day, Which I'm glad I didn't because I honestly don't think I would have gone through with it. There were two major hills both which resembled cliffs! As I was running up the first hill I was quite violently sick and it was at that moment I considered pulling out, I didn't, I carried on and I'm glad I did because I now know that I can do anything! All of that aside It was a very well organised race and the marshal support was amazing, The price of the race (£10 affiliated and £12 unaffiliated) also included 1 other adult or child over 5 for for entry to the Horse Trials and grounds which is a fantastic deal. There was no medal but instead we got a well earned bottle of Ale! (Which fellow Shabba and my husband Steve enjoyed) There were lots of well needed post race snacks including fruit, Chocolate, Crisps etc.
The highlight of the event was as always having Fellow Shabba and husband Steve there with our 2 children to scream my name over the finish line, I was extremely pleased to have finished 120 out of 128 considering for 8k I was in last place!
My time was 1.:19:48 which is well over 20 minutes slower than my usual 10k. I ended up running 6.60 miles of pure hills! I am very very happy with that my time and position and I learnt an awful lot from it.
Next is 10k Easter Run at Stanwick Lakes then Milton Keynes Half Marathon in May then the 48 Mile Ultra in June!
Well done Carmel, and good luck for your Easter 10k.
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