Race 7 of the RR10 series took place at Hamble county park for the second time this season
This tough route was the same in parts but was as always a difficult one to crack pacing wise. Phil, Nigel, Doug and Richard made up the runners (just 1 short of a team) with supporters Peter having cycled here and David H taking some good action photographs.
Around 368 runners from the various clubs started the race off by making a quick loop in the starting area and then took a right out of the park onto one of the many criss-crossing tracks. A big loop out of about 2-3 miles with some kind downhill stretches took us out to manor farm where some upward parts and a bit of gravel path eventually aimed us back to the river and round to where we re-joined the main tracks with ‘that effin hill’ for the finish.
This route is becoming familiar in parts and some of the hills you can predict, but with the variations in the course I feel this is still a tough race to get right with your pacing. Everyone ran well, Nigel in particular was ecstatic with his pacing and was able to drop in a classic teenage ninja turtle joke to a fellow runner, no doubt spurring them on.
The next race up is number 8 at University playing fields.
Results are up at http://rr10.org.uk/