What a brilliant morning – by which obviously I don’t mean the weather, but a great atmosphere, lots of helpful and cheerful volunteers and a really engaging course, who could ask for more?
From Selsdon Baptist Church Runners we had; Rob Lines (congrats on that podium finish Rob), Julian Black, Colin Jackson, Rob Yaxley, & Jo Wheeler – more from Jo later.
Chiltern Church Runners (and friends) were David Button, Lisa Palmer, Imogen Keay, Julian Morris, Laura Marshall & Tim Gray.
David certainly loved it;
A challenging but thoroughly enjoyable 10k multi-terrain course. Even the torrential rain couldn’t spoil my best 10k run yet! 🙂
Jo has also put together a well crafted review;
“I set off from home full of hope that, despite the forecast, we would be
able to at least start the race in the dry. But no, the rain started just as
everyone was gathering. Never mind, spirits were high as we met people we
knew from various places – parkrun, church, faces from the past, and new
friends. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere among the runners and
volunteers assisting to make sure the run went as smoothly as possible.
The race started with a loud pistol from Paul, the minister of Jubilee
church, and we were off, thankful to start running after waiting at the
start in the rain. The route took us down Old Farleigh Road, along Kersey
Drive and into Kingswood. We emerged onto Limpsfield Road near Atwood School
and then it was quite a soggy and noisy run along Limpsfield Road towards
Warlingham dodging the spray from the cars. At last we were directed off the
main road and through some side roads to a park where we found some very
helpful young volunteers on the drinks station. Then, in case we didn’t
think we were already wet enough, it was a case of dodging the puddles (or
not, if you missed your footing) along a narrow woodland path. Eventually we
were on a better track with just 3k to go. Up until now, if you discount the
rain and shoes full of water, it was a good run with a nice mixture of
terrain. Then the last 1k – Old Farleigh Road – loomed ahead. Let’s just say
I didn’t quite manage to run all the way up it, but I’m sure I wasn’t the
only one who resorted to walking the last few 100 metres to the top.
Overall, it was a good run despite getting very soggy, and my thanks go to
all the volunteers who stood at their marshalling points for as long as it
took to ensure that everyone got round. Let’s hope the sun’s shining next
Money raised for charity, happy punters – well done Phil and all involved, hopefully the first of many. Paul, one of the church leaders, said at the start the race was for the body – the church for the spirit and soul – I won’t disagree Paul, but maybe say some people displayed their spirit, particularly on that last uphill home. A credit to Jubilee.