It is lovely when club members submit stories. It makes for interesting reading, providing greater diversity with both a different writing style and varied content. A long standing committee member and regular contributor to all things BPJ, Kazz Bishop has submitted this report about a little known event. You may well inspire others to participate in this one next year because of your superbly descriptive write up. Thank you for this contribution Kazz.
Tracy Kennish, Marcomms and Media Liaison
The pre-race pack asked participants to turn up at 10am for the warm-up. It was a fun, family event, hosting a 2k fun run and a 10k multi-terrain race.
Starting in the grounds of the beautiful Enville Hall, we sauntered down the driveway and headed into the woods for a bit of muddy fun. That was before we hit the hills…. From the 2k mile marker to the 5k mile marker was a solid, unrelenting uphill climb through winding country lanes, all lined with curious watchful sheep (well, it IS called the Sheepwalk Shocker!)
I gasped with genuine delight as, upon reaching the summit of Sheepwalk Lane, the view was spectacular, looking down the whole length of Worcestershire, clear to the Malverns, basking in a sunny blue haze. It was truly breathtaking – and not purely down to the steep gradient we’d all puffed our way up.
A well-timed water stop provided refreshment at the halfway marker and from then on, things took a welcome downhill turn. A quick twist to take us halfway back up Sheepwalk Lane, then a terrific downhill sweep across the fields for the final 2k. The goody bag consisted of a fluorescent yellow tech t-shirt, a race-themed water bottle and bespoke medal. There was a choice of fruit at the finish, but some chocolate would have been welcome.
Lovely course, well organised and amazing support from the locals. Definitely doing it again!