Runners come back to the Leek Half-Marathon year after year, attracted by the great scenery and the challenge of a hilly course.
Perfect weather at this year's race on August 27 guaranteed great views from the top of the hills over the Staffordshire moors, as well as good crowd support for a rural race.
There was some debate about what was worse: slogging up the many hills or suffering on the downhills, but at least the tough course generated good camaraderie among the runners.
Nick Leigh suffered the least (or perhaps the most) winning in 1:15:46, while first lady was Michelle Buckle in 1:28:59.
I'm doing this tomorrow too! I'm not great on hills and I've spent much of the week thinking 'Gawd this is gonna kill me'. I'll try and think about how good the views are rather than the pain! 'Don't worry about the time and just enjoy' sounds like good advice. I'm doing the Chicago marathon in October and I'm just going to put this down as a tough training run.
Looking forward to it....I think!
Wow wot a lovely course, but hell it was tough.
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