It wasn't that long ago that in the early hours of Sunday morning i'd have my head over the toilet throwing up, but this time, it was my girlfriend who had that pleasure (I'm sure it's payback for the time I was sick in her car).
Anyway, I had a free Sunday and fancied doing something alightly different and run somewhere completely new to me. I found a lovely race which is run by South Derbyshire Road Runners in the national forest. Located at Conkers in Swadlincote, the race is a lovely 5 miler following hard packed off road trails, and a few hills just to spice it up!
After a night of not great sleep I set off for my Sunday jaunt, as my lovely girlfriend was nursing a killer hangover my parents decided they would come and keep me company. By company, I mean they were unofficial photographers. My dad also got out his phone and even timed me so he would make sure he wouldn't miss me, however, to his and my surprise I came up to the finish line 5 minutes before I estimated.
A bit more on to the run, the event was superbly organised, the marshals were super friendly (shout out to the guy who was playing rocky at the bottom of a hill) and it was such a lovely setting. Running in a new place is always one of my favourite things to do, and when it's such an organised event it makes it so much better! Some of the hills added a bit of spice and a challenge which I love to hate. With a field of around 300 people it never felt crowded on some of the narrow paths, but always enough people to give you a bit of a pep talk when you need it!
I would definitely recommend it, there are so many big races in the Midlands ( which are great and I myself love to go to them. But sometimes it's nice to find smaller races in new places and try something different, it's always a bonus when it's so well organised and friendly. For £8 you can never go wrong! It's definitely going to be in the diary for next year!
N.B. They do also have a parkrun which uses part of the route which was used on race day. I'm going to try and get there as a tourist in the future.