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Puma Garburn Trail Race - Hardest run yet!

06.02.08 | No Comments

I completed the Puma Garburn Trail race on Saturday.  To be honest I had a hard week last week and was debating on Friday night whether to do this one at all, but being committed as I am trying to raise some money for charity (”and tight, as I had paid for it”), I travelled up on Saturday am. 

What a beautiful location.  Staveley Village is really easy to find.  Everything was very well organised and everyone very friendly.  The run however was a killer.  Doing a half marathon on road is a walk in the park compared to this.  Granted I was a bit tired anyway but it was hot and humid and there were lots of hills.  It was a great challenge and I did it in 2 hours 20 minutes but my goodness were my legs aching afterwards, and my back and my arms. 

The scenery was stunning but i don’t think I fully appreciated it at the time.  I made it about half way up to the Garburn pass until I had to walk for while.  i don’t think there were many who ran all the way up.  Coming down was a challenge as well.  It’s difficult to slow yourself down and you were running over rocks and boulders and the odd mountain biker.

All in all a lovely day, a great challenge but hard work.  Humber Bridge next in June…..

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