Woodchurch 5 and 10 Mile Race Report
On Sunday 22nd September the Woodchuch 5 and 10 mile races returned to the event calendar for the first time in over 20 years. In search of a late summer leg test, I opted for the 5 mile option.
Mild temperatures and a light breeze made for good running conditions, despite the odd shower and forecast for thunderstorms. Over 200 runners lined up on the start line, with only the locals knowing exactly what awaited them.
The first kilometre was fast, with a gradual descent taking the runners into the village – I clocked through at 3:25, leading the pack and chasing down the lead bike. What goes down, in this case, must go back up. A long incline took the race back up through the village and beyond. The next few miles followed similar suit, with sharp descents and steady inclines being the theme of the day. Good practise for the upcoming cross country season!
Eventually, with about 1 mile to go the course flattened. I was still in the lead and working hard. With the finishing line getting ever closer I took a quick look over my shoulder and realised that I had a good lead.
The course wound back down towards the village green; one last push and I was over the line in 30:18. My first race win – one to remember. Those undertaking the 10 mile race took on another rollercoaster lap.
The event itself was well organised and thanks must go out to Nice Work and the event team. I even got a bottle of local sparking wine for my efforts, provided by Woodchurch Wines.
Fellow Thanet Roadrunner Terry Brightwell also ran the 5 mile race and finished in 48:28 for 2nd in the Male V70 Category.