Sunday 7 June 2015

Race Report - Grand Shaftesbury Run

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Grand Shaftesbury Run at St Giles House at Wimborne St Giles in Dorset. It's a beautiful location with the stunning stately home, grounds and surrounding area setting a gorgeous backdrop to the run. The weekend started with a whole range of various Triathlon distances with a day of running on the Sunday.

I was signed up for the 10K and arrived in time to watch the Half Marathon set off across the park on a beautiful sunny morning (led by local hero Steve Way who of course also won the HM). I met up with a couple of girls from my local running ground - The Verwood Running Buddies.

The 10k set off at 10am and left the park via the cricket field and then through the crop fields of wheat and rapeseed and through woody copses. The views of the estate were gorgeous which were almost enough to take your mind off the killer hills! The route returned to the park finishing in front of the stately home.  I was really happy with my time of 60mins and 44secs over this lumpy and bumpy course!

The race was really well organised with problem-free chip timing and good facilities too - loads of great refreshments and activities for those who brought family/children along to watch. I guess the triathlon effect means better facilities!

During the race there was a drone shooting video footage, plus a couple of camera operators to catch all the action - there's a really nice video all about the day that you can take a peek at below.

You can tell I really enjoyed the race - I'm already signed up for next year!

Before I sign off today's Juneathon update was a lovely 5.45km with the Verwood Running Buddies on a wonderful sunny morning, with some cheeky intervals thrown in for good measure.


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