Sunday 13th August 2017 was a warm sunny day with 77 runners starting the race. 7 Croft runners; myself, Kelly, Ashley, Scott, Will, Neil Taylor.
Being one for always asking others what I’m letting myself in for and also being the first time I had run this distance for Croft Ambrey, I’m always keen to know what lies ahead. The information I was given was this is an undulating race, none of the hills are too horrible, but to save myself for a bit of hill work at the last mile, this wasn’t wrong, but nothing worse than what we Croft runners train on up on Bircher common.
There is a stretch along the busy main road for a short while at about mile 5 but the majority of the race is along the quiet lanes around Breinton, few passing cars.
There were two water stations on the course so very well Marshalled by Wye Valley runners. Much encouragement and support was given from the other runners and all marshals on the course.
The Breinton event also featured the Herefordshire 10-Mile County Championships for athletes either living or born in the county. To which Kelly Bowen become 1st female county Champion 2017, coming in 25th overall with a time of 1.15.22.
The race was once again held in memory of former Wye Valley member Tom Pugsley, who died five years ago following a cycling accident.
The Tom Pugsley trophy is awarded to the fastest athlete aged under 21, with this year’s prize going to Will Gore who finished 50th overall.
Another prize winner for Croft was Neil Taylor who took 3rd in the MV40.
I was very happy to have run this race in a time of 1.22.44, 45th place overall.
Will definitely be a race I will be taking part in next year.