Columba, Giuliana and I are running 33k, and Alice 42k. There are steps involved during the race, but not up the Cathedral Spire, I hope There are a number of "kissing gates" to negotiate, which I presume are the type where you move the gate to one side, to allow one person at a time to pass through. This could cause a build up of runners, awaiting their turns!
Very sad to hear that Cilla Black has passed away aged just 72. She was a larger than life character, and an important part of the sixties. I don't think she ever got over the death of her husband Bobbie, but do hope that she didn't end her own life. I haven't got any more details, RIP
Red, glad to hear that you are finding your off road running easier now that harvesting is finished! Giuliana and I ran 13.25 and Alice 18. Too far for my liking, but she had already run 5 miles when she met us. She is very strong though, and I don't think it will prejudice her 42k on Sunday. I'm running my 33k with Giuliana, so my time might not be as quick as I would like. If she tells me to push on if it gets tough, I might do that, but I'm reluctant to leave her if she is suffering. Having said that, the boot might be on the other foot, and I would tell her to push ahead.
WtnMel, very wise to treat a one in four road with caution. I would definitely walk up it! I think my trail race will be very interesting, with lots to see and I'm looking forward to it. Race numbers are very low, so there will be times when we are on our own, but I don't mind that, as we don't have to worry about trying to keep up with others, or holding others back. It was frustrating trying to enter the Southampton Half, but perseverance paid off in the end. Best of luck when you tackle the 10 mile runs on footpaths.
RayL glad you managed to get to your parkrun on time! Your run time was very good and I expect you were first in your age category? You are correct in thinking that your time was slower than expected, because the run was mainly on trail. It is inevitable that off road times are slower than road and track. Off road training does, however, improve your endurance and stamina, so it is worth giving it a try.
This morning's longish forest run will be the last before Sundays race. I'll probably be running 13 miles with Giuliana and Alice, but Alice will be running 4 miles before meeting up with us, so she runs 17.
Columba, yes off road training and racing is challenging, but it does strengthen the ankles,calves, hamstrings and quads, as every step is different. Knee lift is often higher, according to the terrain, and progress is often moving from side to side to avoid obstacles etc, whereas on the road we run in a straight line, except going round bends. Also, as you say, you need to keep your balance on uneven ground, so this is another plus factor. The 5,4,3,2,1 represents 5 rivers, 4 hills, 3 large country estates, 2 castles and 1 cathedral. These are Avon/Bourne/Ebble/Nadder/Wyle. Old Sarum/King Manor/Clearbury Hill Fort/Salisbury Race Course. Clarendon/Longford/Wilton. Old Sarum/Longford. Salisbury Cathedral with a 404 foot spire.
Ran 6 miles on road this morning, much quicker than intended. I started off much quicker than usual, so as I was feeling good, kept up the pace. This bodes well for next Sunday. I haven't set myself a time, as I will be pacing Giuliana, but hope to run the 33k in around 3.40. Alice is dong the 42k and hasn't set herself a target either, but just to finish well.
I eventually managed to enter the Southampton Half Marathon 2016, before the midnight cut off point for early bird prices. I noticed that entries were being handled by Active Network, which is the same company that is handling the Salisbury 5,4,3,2,1, so I used the password I had used for that. Guess what, I got in first time! I presume I must have entered Southampton for this years race through a different organisation
I will be going for an easy pace road run later this morning. I'm trying to ensure that I continue to do a mix of road and off road, as I know several runners who find that they can no longer run on the roads , because they had done all their training and racing off road. I presume the leg muscles adapt to the off road surfaces and therefore "protest" when presented with hard surfaces.
Hoping that RayL decided to do his parkrun today, and looking forward to his report.
If anyone is interested, I will explain what the 5,4,3,2,1 for the Salisbury Trail Races represent, and it's not the distances.