Race three of this year’s RR10 was held at Manor Farm (Hamble Country Park). It was another nice evening, perfect for running, although with a threat of rain later. It was a small Wessex turnout, Phil and myself were chauffeured there by Richard (recovering from injury) but then there was a pleasant surprise when a svelte looking David S turned up at the Club spinner.
The area to congregate in had been spruced up of late with a new cafe (The Barn) on site, staying open to supply the event – perfect for a quick espresso to try and enhance times with some caffeine stimulation. The event was as busy as ever, a good turnout of more than 400, hosted by Hedge End and Netley.
A packed starting line, a brief race briefing (which I could actually hear for a change) with a warning of only a small amount of mud and then we were off. A small loop at the start allowed space to spread out and then it was along paths, running through trees. A nice route, pretty dry and fairly tame hills. There was a slightly unpleasant loop by the Hamble itself, running on loose stone chipping but we were soon off that. A final stretch through the farm, back into the trees and a final uphill section to the finish.
All three of us safely home, Phil placing 97, David 158 and myself a steady 208 (work to do!). A really enjoyable run and splendid cakes at the finish. Cadland Estate next on June 1st followed by our hosting duties at Ampfield Woods on June 8th.