Report from OAC’s Tom Marsh:
Never again will I say ‘the Midlands aren’t hilly!’
Knowing I was going to be staying close to family and friends in Warwickshire over Christmas, I trawled the internet looking for races in the local area.
I stumbled across ‘The Threshold Winter 10km Series‘ of which race three of five was due to take place on Tuesday the 27th of December. Perfect I thought and signed up.
The description of the course around the picturesque Cotswold village of Ilmington (five miles south of Stratford-Upon-Avon) said ‘hilly’. I thought being a proud northerner, I can handle any ‘hill’ the Midlands can through at me…
After a level first kilometer along the main road through the village we turned to face what can only be described as a mountain towering from what seemed like an otherwise flat landscape. Between the 1km and
4K markers the hill was unrelenting. Eventually the summit was in sight along with stunning views over the Stour valley.
What goes up must come down. The next three kilometers sharply descended through the countryside and the village was soon in sight once again. A lap of the village later and the finish line was a welcome sight. I finished in 25th position with a time of 45:06.
140 runners took part with results from thresholdevents.
Well done to everyone who took part in the Chevin Chase and a happy New Year to all.