Monday, 6 March 2017

Rough 'n' Tumble - to the hills

So my best friend says to me "I have a place for Rough 'n' Tumble and I'm injured - why don't you do it?"  I didn't have a race planned until the first weekend of February and it even sounded like a good idea, right until the first hill.  

The fog hide many things and hills loomed from the midst as you thought it couldn't get any harder. At less than a mile into the course the first hard climb of 300ft before levelling and then dropping back down 200ft at a great rate!

Can't go over it, can't go under it, got to go through it...
At about 2.5 miles the course levels out for half a mile before climbing yet again.  The climb lasted over a mile and the rapid decent only took you once again to to another hill at 5.5 miles, this hill was the beast they had all spoken about at the start line.

The climb up is only really possible on hands and feet, scrambling up the steep hill only to be met by a photographer!  Before there is any real time to recover the decent is almost at the same rate.  From 6 miles the course levels, allowing runners to pick up the pace a bit util a smaller hill at 8.5 miles.

The final mile is across fields with the finish in sight.  Suddenly forgetting the hard work of the past 9 miles my pace quickened and I crossed the line to cheers from fellow AVR runners and friends.

It's only 10 miles but it packs a punch and I ached at the end for the first time in a while.

Would I do it again?  Not sure, I prefer the Full Monty Cute course.

Compact course

Bit lumpy!

Shoes - Altra Lone Peak 1.5
Dirty Girl gaiters
DRC buff

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