Sunday 13th March
I entered this race to keep a friend company who is getting back into running following a serious injury. She lives in Brum so Hagley Hall is conveniently located for us both but I almost cocked-up my entry as I managed to enter another in the Resolution Run series the previous Sunday at Ragley Hall! Easy mistake to make, who would think that there would be consecutive races with only a letter difference and 30 miles apart. Still, I managed to rectify my mistake before turning up at Hagley Hall to find out that I hadn’t been entered for the race.
It was a gloriously sunny morning in a stunning setting with the start and finish in front of the stately hall. The race description said the course was undulating but in my book that means there downs as well as ups. This was mainly up and from the start, with the first 2km steeper that the Hermitage. Moreover, as the circuit was 5k, 10kers had to do it twice, it felt at times like I was running on the spot. The course was all trail running through woods and across heathland which interesting landmarks and a herd of deer.
Despite the hills, we both enjoyed it and it was good to see a fellow BRCer, Sergio Ramos (a football joke). I would definitely recommend it if it happens again. It was well organised by the Stroke Association but the goodie bag wasn’t half as goodie as the one at our own Bridgnorth 10k.