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Enjoyed this race many times, yes it's hilly in places but the scenery is worth it!
You sort of know the winter is coming after this race!
Coffeepot, this will be our 6 year of running this race, the only hill I can remember is around 6mile, which is not to bad considering it's in Staffordshire. It's a brilliant race, organised by a great club, with it been the last race of the NSRRA league has a great atmosphere and I look forward to it every year.
Photo's of last years race can be found on Bryan Dales website www.racephotos.org.uk
A fantastic mornings race! weren't we lucky with the weather given how terrible the weather is right now here in the midlands!
I had a cracking good race and got paced around very nicely though I faded right off on the very last hill to the finish! I was going so well but it all came apart = no matter as I was delighted with my 1:24 time I had expected 1:30!
Great goody bag and as always the cafe was great!
Hi Coffeepot - thanks so much for advice it worked! I have only been running 3 months and this was the furthest I've ever run (my max is 8 miler I do on a Sunday).
I completed the race in 1:38 so for a first event with hills I was pleased...actually I was just pleased to finish lol! The weather was amazing and the views were fantastic even the running through the flooded track was good fun!...everybody made me feel very welcome and there was some good banter to be had around the course.
Mike: totally agree a good race and very well organised with a good brew at the end! Glad you were pleased with your time that's a really good one so well done!
Got the bug now and looking at some races over the Christmas period and after to build up to the Stafford Half Marathon!
Hi Vix and Mike
Your absolutely right, it was a fantastic mornings run and I really enjoyed it, especially running through the unexpected muddy puddles at the 5 mile point, probably splashing it over the runners who were carefully walking around the edges - oops sorry! I was so determined not to slow and managed a time of 143.(my time 141), which I was really pleased with. I need to look at some training now that will help reduce my timing, although if I stay consistant running between 9 and 10 min miles, (I can't imagine running less than this) I feel more confident that running races of half marathons and under, I will not only complete but enjoy. I would love to run a marathon but who knows maybe one day?
I would most certainly look forward to doing the race again!
Well done to you both they are such fab times. I have booked a place for the Stafford Half but seem to be struggling for races over the christmas period. If you come across any good 'uns let me know - thankyou!
ps thanks to Mara (wherever you may be) who I joined on the 'hill!'
Don't forget the free race photo's from Bryan Dales web site www.racephotos.org.uk
Thank you Bryan for the great photo's of the race.
Thanks for the advice about the race earlier on in the week b'ham snail - a thoroughly enjoyabe race after. A good mix of hills which weren't as bad as I'd expected - although there were more than I'd thought, but hey I suppose in a weird kind of way that's what makes the race so enjoyable and why you feel so good when you've finished it. I was so pleased yesterday I did it and ran it a time I was pleased with. Hope you were ok after, especially doing the cross country the day before!
That's fab - well done!