What a weekend of drama! With not one but two events postponed due to the weather the tumbleweeds are rolling through our report section this week, luckily staved off by some of our intrepid members who made it to the Mendip Muddle. I would like to point out that weather related cancellations are a rather rare occurrence, generally done due to serious safety concerns, bad weather usually jest ends up with the organisers asking everyone to wear cagoules or raincoats. Luckily we have another week of training to look forward to, our Monday night run will be to its pub-run form and Wednesday brings the opportunity to dash madly around the university campus.
Mendip Muddle – by Meredith Moody
Our Mendip Muddle adventure began with Matt Pickering generously giving Oliver Feighan and I a lift, in the pouring rain of Storm Callum, to the Mendips for the 20km trail extravaganza. It was very wet. It was very muddy. It was fantastic. With approx. 400m of elevation, the height gain was not too bad for a fell race, but my legs weren't all that happy during the long slow ascents. To make up for this, the views were simply gorgeous (despite the lashing rain) and we got to run through the midst of a bunch of super cute ponies.
The race had a slightly disappointing finish with a road section for about 1.5km and just when I thought it was over we were diverted left by some marshals over some more field. I clocked in at 2:10, whilst Oliver just beat me to it with a time of 2:07, despite wearing road shoes and sliding all over the place! Definitely a race to recommend.