wow, that was fun!
back from my first Chevin Chase, one race i can certainly say i will do again. some tough hills, but great support from marshals/speccies and fellow racers. loved the muddy bits (got a cheer at the top of the first descent for going straight through mud!), but my feet were about 3 times heavier in the last mile i am sure!
hello to Swittle, brill to meet a forumite in "real" life, thanks for cheering me over the line.
see you all next year x
I think the Leisure Centre is the race HQ (although there is no way 800 runners could all fit in there) - But yes agree that start line needs to be clearer.
My first time running it this millenium (1999 last time) - a cracking day for racing with the sun soon warming the runners up - gloves were off in less than 5 mins. Agree the long sleeved tee-shirts were excellent - can now replace my 1999 one!!
This was differant!!No start line crammed together for first mile or two the mud was mental even santa was cruising past me!!The two walls everyone had to wait to get over were annoying but thats just me!!
The crowds were fantastic and very encouraging thank you
No water station was dissapointing but the long sleeve tee shirt was fantastic.
Won't be back next year probably due to my terrible finish time but it was worth the experience and quite funny at times.
The hills were a teaser and the marshalls were plentiful and a cheery bunch,thanks to all at the club.
surely you have to come back next year to get a better finish time David?
i will deffo be back next year, even Mr Meglet says he will enter next year, and in fancy dress.
official time 1h22m33s (7 miles-ish, not measured). i was 802 out of 833 finishers!
something to beat next year, and to aim to finish when there are still small t-shirts
That's why we train, to tackle new challenges. I promise you we do the chevin chase in training runs as it is our back yard and it is a challenge but by no means impossible. Mud and hills are good for fitness, endurance and a damn good laugh.
Set yourself the goal of doing it next year and then get into the pub afterwards (The Drop) and listen to everyone telling each other what a great tme they had.
Learning to go off road will make your road running that bit easier.
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