Well the Saturday king/queen of the mountain was only attended by the very brave. I arrived at the start in the pouring rain and joined the 4-5 other cars that were parked up, with people sitting in their cars thinking ‘what am I doing here’ and ‘do I actually want to get out of the car in this?!’
More people turned up and Eventually everyone ventured out with brollies and jackets to figure out their handicap start times and talk about the prospect of ‘warming up’ in such conditions.
I decided a warm up was a good idea and by the time I got back to the start line ready to go I had even decided to take off my jacket. It proved to be a wise decision and once I got running the rain didn’t seem so bad and on a hill like that you certainly get warm.
I took off with Kevin knowles, which immediately had me thinking ‘I’ve think I’ve stuffed up my handicap time’. He swiftly took off in front of me.
I’ve run this hill many a time beforehand so I knew it was going to be tough. Usually we just go to the top of the road though, so by the time I got to the gravel track my legs were screaming! Kent sprinted past, he didn’t seem to realise it was a hill, then came Katie and then Camille. Nearing the end a whole lot of runners started to condense together, as is what happens in a handicap and I was glad to reach the finish.
All in all, I didn’t run an amazing time, but I was glad to get out there and do it when I could just as easily have stayed home on the couch with a blankee and a cup of tea.
Thanks to the Cambridge club for organising the event and inviting us along.
Report by Shanel Cornille
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