The Ilmington Winter Series of 2015 – 2016 …. Well what can I say!
These series of events are fantastic for any running ability. There are 5 races … one each month starting in October and great over the winter period. The event is run on open road with very little traffic on a Sunday morning. It is well organised by Tempo Events with some fantastic sausages to take home each time.
Do not be mistaken by the lovely scenery on the way round …. this has a mountain to climb …which peaks at 900ft! You run it in reverse every other month. So whether you run, walk, or crawl up the mountain on the 1st, 3rd and 5th event, you can then fly down the mountain on event number 2 & 4. Be careful on the descent as it really is steep!
This has been my 3rd year of entering the Winter Series, so clearly it is addictive. The reason being that if you do all 5 events you get yourself a famous hoodie! These are of good quality and wash really well! I have watched these events nearly double in size this year … clearly word is getting round.
You can register on the day for the individual events or beforehand online. On arrival you collect your chip and number. There are plenty of toilet facilities now as this year they have added 2 portaloos outside – which I must say are clean and smell nice!
When the event is due to start you all head over to the car park entrance where they do a quick run through. Then you all head out onto the road ready to start. It is a little tight on the start line but once it starts it soon spreads out. The final leg is across grass – but it really is the last 100m or so!
I think the Winter Series is a cheap event to enter and keeps you motivated over the winter. The hoodie is well worth it! I definitely recommend it!