After the London Marathon I had a bit of a rest from running. I was enjoying my rest when on Thursday (May 4th) I got a message from Tash asking me if I fancied a 10 mile run on Sunday. It didn’t take much persuading and after I’d checked out I could get there on Sunday morning I put my name on the waiting list for the inaugural Chantry Canter. I soon got an email & a tweet telling me that I was through the waiting list so I signed up.
I thought I’d better have a little leg stretch before the race so I headed out on Friday (May 5th) for a nice & easy 5k and really enjoyed it, with my tunes and no watch or app going- a completely un-recorded run – I loved it but am sure that thought makes some runners shudder. I think most runners would benefit from tech free runs occasionally- no pressure, just fun.
The Chantry Canter has 5k, 5 mile and 10 mile options plus a fun run for the kids. Of course we went for the 10 mile option which was 2 laps around Chantry Wood.
It was a bit of a struggle to get up with my 6.15am alarm to have some breakfast and head out to get the train to Guildford. Tash & Nick picked me up at the station to drive the start area. I’m glad I used the loos on the train as there were no toilets at the start. We picked up our numbers easily and met up with Michele, Cat & Lee– who I swear does every race there is- he should be the official ukrunchat mascot :). We did the obligatory pre-race pic that was taken by Emily (& none of us realised till after the race).
After a short race briefing from race organiser David Chapman we were on our way – straight up a fairly big hill so I was soon walking along with a lot of other runners. This was to be the first hill of many. The second big hill was a real calf burner.
I don’t have many hills on my runs as I run a lot in London. I think I’ll be spending the summer at Swains Lane of pain to get myself ready for 46k in the swiss mountains at the end of August.
It was a beautiful run and it was great to run with no time pressures and just run and enjoy the countryside.
I think it was only a couple miles in when I saw Michele and we ended up running the rest of the way together. It was great to have company for the run. There weren’t many other runners over the 3 races so it was a quiet route- a quiet route is lovely but we had a great time chatting our way through the race. We hadn’t met each other before Sunday but we had a great time. Michele has only been running a year and is really an inspirational runner, she got into running to build her confidence and to take a break from a stressful job and being a single mum to 3 girls. She does a lot of races and is doing race to the king double marathon in June. I think this has inspired me to do a new monthly feature on my blog as I love hearing peoples stories about how they got into running and it really is inspirational. I’ll post more on this idea soon once I’ve figured it out.
After a fun (& tough) 10 miles we crossed the finish line last. I have absolutely no worries about this at all. It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. I was really happy to get a medal as I had signed up late & it had been stated that late sign ups may have to wait for a medal in the post. Cat, Nick & Tash were there to cheer us over the line so we got a photo and then dove into the yummy snack table- those rice krispie cakes were delicious.
Tash, Nick, Michele & I headed off to find the closest pub and had a good drink and a winning roast dinner.
It was a fabulous day. I’m so glad I did a last minute sign up. I would recommend this run-the organiser does quite a few races and I think it deserves more runners to be at the event. I only heard of it by chance so I think the race organiser needs a good website & more social media presence so more runners can hear about these great races.
Thanks everyone involved for a great day, especially Tash & Nick for telling me about the race & picking me up & dropping me off at the station and Michele for being great running company (& maybe a great business idea) xx.
Next up for me: Bath Two Tunnels Half Marathon next weekend (May 14th).