Well it's cold here. Really cold. And on the coldest day( for this time of the year) in 25 years, I had signed up to run yesterday in the Puma Hellrunner Down South- about ten or so miles of trail, hills, mud,sand and water.
I ran for CLIC Sargent as I figured that running for a charity might give me a bit of extra motivation to turn up on the day. And as I chipped the ice off my windscreen in -3 degree temps Sunday morning, I was needing all the help I could get!
The Bog of Doom was everything that it was hyped up to be- muddy, cold and deep. I was neck deep for most of the twenty metres and at times only stayed above dirt level by borrowing the shoulder of the nearest tall fellow runner. ( no photos of the Bog yet but hope to have one soon showing the full extent of the mud!)
Time to try to warm up by climbing a few steep hills before a steep descent down into the icy lake. Luckily the first runners through had already broken the ice....
Three fairly hard and cold miles of sandhills later , and I was thrilled and relieved to cross the finish line in a decent time of 1.50.58 (give or take a few minutes)
This was the best smile/grimace I could muster as mild hypothermia had set in by this stage and I couldn't stop shaking! Luckily my amazing wingman Debbie was waiting with a foil blanket and a thermos of the best tea I have ever had.
Truly a memorable experience and one I'd sign up again to do in a flash ( once I get all of the mud out of my fingernails and ears!)
Thank you to all of the generous people who supported me- together they helped me raise over 800 pounds for CLIC Sargent.