Another cold chilly winters morning and BVR are off to Richmond Park for the latest MABAC. 17 intrepid runners took a tour of one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Before we started though we had serious marathon training to do so 8 of us ran the entire park and got a sneaky 10 miles in before the Mabac and 2 others got a good 4 miles in before the MABAC as well. We all did this on the perimeter gravel paths around the outside of the park thinking it was a pre-amble as to what followed.
Oh how we got it wrong!! At 11:00 sharp we started off on the MABAC itself and immediately went into some nice thick sludgy and slippery mud and many of us wished we had trail shoes on. Congratulations to those that had the right footwear. Four of us decided running was too much like hard work and took a lay down on the course only to find we had to get back up and carry on running. One of us was daft enough to do it twice. We all worked hard and ran round the course as hard as we dare and made it round the two laps of a testing hilly course.
Onto the results, he does it again, can anyone beat him Scott Kennedy was 1st overall in an amazing 27:40. In fact he was so good, he had time to go on an offcourse tour round the park! Well done. Behind him Steve Low came in a creditable 7th in 30:59. Our first lady home was Holly Purser in 39:49 (72nd overall) and she’d done the 10 miles first.
Further down the group John Hogg beat Kay Collins in a sprint to the line, not really fair John as Kay is running for two. (Maybe she should get double points!)
So covered in mud we all trundled back to where we left the bags and drank coffee and ate chocolate brownies (thank you Kay, homemade and healthy as they had raisins in) and treats from Linda Folley. A good run was had by all and there will be some photos (at least clean before photos) going up of the team soon.
Well done all and here’s to the next event – Fleet Half Marathon 22nd March 2015.
Photographs courtesy of Richard Jones.