What is it with National Trust properties and cows? These cuties greeted us very early this morning as we set out the course in the grounds of the beautiful Polesden Lacey. The headquarters for the Polesden Lacey 10k.
As you can see from the picture above (many thanks Laurie) it was a tad misty first thing. It made for an interesting drive over Box Hill as we headed out to lay out the water stations. It was good to see the lots of signs of the Trionium Midsummer Munro over Box Hill. Also a fabulous race but sadly clashing this year (you may have seen us running or marshalling at this event in the last few years).
Actually the cloud never really lifted and the drizzle was intermittent. Perfect conditions for the runners. Unusually there was no wind either this year and after an unusually dry spell course conditions were nigh on perfect for a fast run. Not surprising then that Ollie Garrod not only took the win, but did it in a new course record of 35.51.
Polesden Lacey is a fab setting for a race and many of you came back full of superlatives of the beauty of the course. Happily the views do take some of the sting away from the hills in the course. There is no doubt this is a toughie so well done to all of you who picked Polesden as your first 10k. Hats off to you all.
We were delighted to welcome a big contingent of 'Fit Bitch' bootcamp ladies who were all raising money for charity (and placed second lady to boot with runner Rachael Woolston - you can read her blog of the event here).
As usual, there are a number of splendid people who we are indebted to for helping us put this race on.
Firstly, Powerbar UK for your race nutrition; Run to Live running shop (our retail partner); Laurie King for the medal design; Girlguiding Surrey (East) for your brilliant marshals; Sussex Sport Photography for the race photos; Fine Fettle Multi-Healthcare for your post race massage and Babes on the Run for the fab (and enthusiastic warm up). The National Trust for allowing permission for using their fab grounds at Polesden Lacey and as always friends and members of the Run to Live running club for rallying round, offering unconditional hugs and tea and sympathy and help and smiles.
Much love to you all.
The next event is the Surrey Badger Half-Marathon at Denbies Vineyard on Sunday 12th July. We hope to see you there.