Event #1 – Gibside Night Run

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3.65 Miles, 43:10 Minutes

It’s very nice to be able to say that the inaugural run of my year of challenges is in the bag after completing the Gibside Night Run. In the run-up to this, I was careful to use inverted commas whenever I referred to it being only 6k, because I had a feeling it might still be pretty challenging.

Man, I was right. It was more hilly than any course I’ve ever run (my elevation gain was 492 feet), and the terrain varied between hard and stony and inordinately muddy.

I absolutely loved it, though. For one thing, Gibside is a beautiful setting. Those who are local, if you’ve never visited, I urge you to do so. At night, it’s spectacular, if a little daunting at points – one mis-step from the track, and you’re plummeting down into a valley whose depth I’m loath to estimate.

The organisers did a great job too. For all it was a ‘short’ run (those inverted commas again), they made it feel like a real event, with various food and drinks stalls and a really nice atmosphere all round.

As for my pace, well, it was pretty sluggish, but I’m not beating myself up over it. It was a hella challenging course, and I’d had a reasonably busy day beforehand. I’m also really early in my training cycle, so this was always going to be quite a test.

All in all, a great night. My next event is the Cragside 10k on April 1st. Better step up my training…

(Remember, if you want to sponsor my year of running in support of Bloodwise, you can do so here).

MUSIC: Sleater-Kinney – One Beat

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