Last Sunday the 17th of Feb I took part in a trail half-marathon at Osmotherly. The race was part of the Hardmoors 26.2 series.
A few days before the event the race organisers warned that weather could make things difficult and that participants must be prepared. On the day the Weather couldn't have been better, temperatures were cool but mild, the wind had dropped and the sun was shining.
The course was superb, this was the first trail half I have entered and I was treated to some of the most beautiful scenery.
In order to appreciate these outstanding views the course included some serious climbs but each climb gave ample reward.
The trail included everything from fire-road to singletrack. The conditions were variable providing ample challenge and demanding your full attention, sections included wet mud, hundreds of steep and loose stone steps and rolling hills.
I ran the race with a new colleague and friend, he was kind enough to put me up the night before and also wore a go-pro camera taking an image every 10 seconds of the race (we hope to create a video with the 1000+ images). Graham and I ran the race and finished together, I held back to make this happen and to support him, much to Graham's amusement he was placed a second ahead of me even after finishing behind me. Officially the record book says that he is a second quicker than me
Had I pushed I believe I could have gained a few places, given our finishing time, a top 3 would not have been out of the question, we finished 10 and 11th on the day and i had another gear that was unused. I race for fun and had never imagined placing at any events but who knows in the future it may be possible?
The race was impeccably organised, the course was superb, I hope to perhaps enter some of the future events in this series. Great preparation for my trail marathon next month.
Thanks to Graham for taking and sharing these great pics!