Report by Sara Richard:
The Shroshire ‘It’s a piece of cake trail marathon’ organised by How Hard Can It Be Events! starts in Church Stretton famous for beautiful country side and Long Mynd ( a mountain bike and off road runner mecca).
The race starts and finishes in the stunning Carding Mill Valley, a National Trust haven. There is a half marathon or full marathon option. 13.2 mile laps, fully flagged. Kit requirements stated. Friendly marshals and well stocked check points. Very hilly, mixed terrain, narrow hill tracks, fields, moors, rocky slate down hills. Luckily the weather was perfect if a little too warm.
The pull for me was the blingtastic medal! I love it! I want to collect the others! Check out their website if you are looking for a small, friendly and well organised event with a fun atmosphere and medals that make you smile! And , yes , there was cake!
The winner was Gemma Mallet 4:12:55.7, Second Stephen Minnikin 4:26:25.9.
I was pleased with 5:55:47.6 coming 23rd out of 31.
I can’t recommend this event highly enough. Give it a go.