Its Mad to Dash in the wet

It had been forecast as wet, windy, very cold and miserable so we shouldn’t have been surprised. The annual Moreton Morrell Mad Dash organised by the excellent Raceways team took place on the 10th Feb. Two distances 10k and 20K and I did the 10K. I picked up Phil Eaves early and headed to the college for registration which this year was in the more spacious sports hall than past years. Its always informal and low key and all profits go the children Run Free charity and so a really worthwhile event to support.

I had 3 layers on , compression running tights, compression calf guards, socks, gore tex hat and gloves and still standing on the start line felt cold. Seeing Mr Lee Ross in shorts and running vest didn’t help either!

It’s a one lap race. I have done the 20Km for the last 2 years so was looking forward to just climbing “that hill” back to base once. I settled into a rhythm and soon found my race was identical to Russ Morey and Rob Hill. We ended up running over 9Km together which was I hope beneficial for all 3. There are two inclines, one about 6 m which is not particularly steep but the pace slows down and then a shorter 500m climb to the finish.

I was happy overall with my time 44mins 4secs ahead of my anticipated time of 45 mins. The last hill found me out as I have not yet started to increase my distance running over 10K . Its early in the season and for a cold wet day a good leg loosener for the season. Congratulations to Lee, Phil, Iain, Rob, Russ, Huw, Jayne who also did the 10K and to Steve , Gav and Tom who did 20K. apologies to anyone I missed

The same team organises the Alcester 10K another great event which I recommend.

Cake and hot tea were very welcome – in the sports hall after the race. Medals, snacks. A snip for £20

John Legge

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