i,m doing the full marathon budjude. theres no doubt this is tough running especially if your not used to hill running but if you walk the steeper climbs and run within yourself you will have a great time. the views from the top of the hills are spectacular.
word of warning though... forecast is not good. wet and very windy. it will be chilly so take a jacket to run in and trail shoes are a must. some of the decents are steep and rough and being wet make them extra difficult.
i competed in the high legh 10k race for the 4th time today.
in its 5 year history it has built a loyal following of runners who love the slick organisation, snack bar and the cheshire countryside, but when the high speed rail link (HS2) is built the northern and manchester lines converge right through the middle of the race route.
its unbelievable that this beautiful rural race will cross the rail link at least 6 times and thats after years of disruption.
so whats the future for this little gem. maybe 10 years or 15 before its demise.
definately not racing snowdonia marathon next year. really hurt this year. felt rough for weeks after and theres the getting up early and the travelling and getting the time off work and all the training and watching what i eat and the cold the rain and the wind.
i really enjoyed it lily and we got lots of great banter from runners which is great. oh apart from one lady who by 13 miles was really tired and hurting and a comment from us went down like scaffolding in a storm.
i would just like to say that many runners got stuck in the traffic jam outside the park before the start. this was beyond the organisers control. tatton park (council and N.T.) quite rightly main objective is that there is minimal impact to the park and its customers. they wanted all the runners in the park before the park was open to the public hence the 9.30 start. unfortunately due to the early start everyone seemed to turn up at the same time.
hopefully the event will go ahead again next year where i'm sure the organisers and tatton authorities will come up with a soloution.