Helping out and running on trails

Helping out and running on trails

The start line for the Stowe Pace Setter, the Corinthian Arch is shrouded in mist
A misty start at Stowe

Weekly roundup

I really enjoyed my runs this week.

Wednesday was the last day of the 6 week Start to Run course organised by my running club. After an ‘ask anything’ session at the start we split into two groups. The first would run 5k with no breaks, the second would take a short walk break halfway through. I ran as the sweeper for the first group, making sure nobody got left behind or lost. It was a really enjoyable run and we did the 5k in 37:40.

Saturday I was with the Start to Run group again, this time at parkrun. For many of the group this was their first timed run. We all met early and gathered to do a warm up. One of the other STR helpers brought his ukelele along and played two songs whilst we did our warm up. Some of the other parkrunners looked on in bemusement and some even joined in. It was a really fun way to start the run and calm a few nerves.

At the start line we gathered at the back to start. As we went around the course the group ended up at different paces, as you would expect, and the helpers broke up so each group had someone running with them. The group I ran with did the 5k in 33:08, which I thought was pretty amazing for new runners but the best thing was that everyone finished and many of them will be coming to the club for the regular runs. It looks like many have caught the running bug and will continue to have fun and enjoy running in the future, whether with our club or not.

Sunday I took part in my first trail race, the Stowe Pace Setter 10k. I really enjoyed running through the misty parkland of Stowe, it was a beautiful course and a very small race with only 41 runners. I wasn’t sure what my time would be as my previous 10k races have been on roads so I was pleasantly surprised to finish in 57:56 and a new PB for me.

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