It's a couple of miles from our house, Muddy, and the venue for the local Parkrun, although over different terrain. I would say that Newbold is the most "fun" one I've ever done. Certainly the muddiest. That bit you linked to is referred to as the "bitch of a ditch". Some years it is worse than others. Apparently it was relatively dry last year but I was still head to toe in mud and I didn't even fall over! As it is the champs it will be nicely churned up for you by the time the men go. Bring baby wipes.
It has a very wide start so is like an elbow-fest and runs around the edge of a nature resevre along the river than back into the park bit and round some playing fields. The hill DT refers to is Beacon hill and is silly steep but fairly short and you literally run up it to the top and down the other side which is similarly steep so practise running downhill recklessly flailing your arms about like a nutter. Our first league fixture is there. It's no tougher than Warley Woods though as they don't sadistically make you snake up and down the hill a gazillion times like they did there. Strava trace from last year:
Nice work, Rich. I didn't realise we had another vomiter/roarer on our hands though!
That sounds like a good GSR, Muddy! I've never done it but I have done the Portsmouth coastal half in February which I think is a similar route but with some beachy shingle chucked in for good measure at the end? Interesting how you've probably retained more fitness than you think.
Where are the pictures you are talking about?
Glad your race went ok as well, Lit. A nice day out is a good outcome really.
Had a nice gentle 10 miler to work up an appetite for my roast lamb today. Bit chilly out but v enjoyable.
Had a decent run. Not sure on position...probably not great as we elected to submit a masters and a senior team, with our faster runners ending up distributed between the two rather than one stronger and one weaker team. I ran the first leg, customary fast first mile of 6:35, settled to a less suicidal 6:55 or so for a 6:50 average. Think that's a good place to build from through the season. Course was dry which helped! I properly love it though - so happy it's XC time again.
DT - I've heard that they've lost the organisers so v unlikely to happen. Which is sad, I love that race. Mind you we're away that week anyway but hopefully they might get someone to do it the year after?
Just took my track pins out and replaced with some xc ones. Mine are nice and clean though, Lit. We are unlikely to win anything though!