Welcome to event 4, thanks for coming back to read more or welcome & where have you been! Challenge Events Romsey 5miler was the scene of crime this weekend and what an event it was. Romsey only being a 30 minute drive from Salisbury it was easy to persuade a few Salisbury Tri Club mates to join me. Rhys and myself were joined by the infamous 3 Musketeers (Chris, Geordie & Phil) with Louise and Karen trying to stay away from us for obvious reasons!!
Broadlands Estate is famous for hosting the first three days of the honeymoon of Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Phillip in 1947 (bet you didn’t realise this blog would be a history lesson too eh!?). But too be honest we were all running too fast to appreciate the old gaff!
After a long run yesterday I didn’t know how the old pins would feel but surprisingly they were up for a bit of a nudge. With around 700+ runners (I was runner 775 and I saw No.1, so I’m guessing how many there were) its hard not to get carried away. 5 Miles is a nice distance that I’ve never ran as an event before so was a bit into the unknown. Two small 1 mile loops into a 2 mile out and back to finish off was not too taxing of a mental repetitive battle. Was flat as a pancake and reasonably good surface throughout so no real excuses allowed. Once again the t-shirts were out in force and was great to have friends representing my challenge. Chief photographer (Jess) is improving on her skills and at least she’ll get a lot of practice over the coming months! We all finished within 5 minutes of each other so wee photo opp before the highlight of the day!
One of the reasons I wanted to run this event was due to the fact they had a 2km kids race straight after. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to help out and watch the kids put on a show. Some solid race tactics on show……Go hard from the gun and just see if they can hold on. Let me tell you, not many managed to hold on! The smiles on the faces receiving their medals and photos at the end was the perfect end to another great event. This challenge is all about getting kids more active so this was the Cherry on top of a mighty fine cake!!
Double header next week due to event changing dates but a Maverick Trail race on the Saturday and a safari run at Longleat on the Sunday all adds up to a banging weekend!
4 down…..48 to go!
- Event Difficulty 2/5 Glorious flat 5miler being towed along by all the other runners!
- Event Goodies 5/5 Free event due to helping out volunteering (Challenging events are great for this). Best hall yet; Medal, Hi-Vis long sleeve t, alcohol free beer and banana!
- Company 4/5 Would have been an easy 5/5 but Chris and Rhys both beat me so that gets them marked down!
- Eye Candy 2/5 Great setting for a nice, would like to be the Gardner of that house though!
- Event Scran 2/5 Tasty Mocha to warm cockles but no Bacon Roll so significant marks dropped there!!