Notorious night race

The first race this year was the Rat Race Henley Horseplay Notorious Night Race, which was awesome, although exceptionally exhausting. I raced on Saturday evening,by Tuesday I was still very stiff and sore! My calves were far too tight and screamed every time I stood up!

Here I am before hand – clean and excited! In case you are wondering about the rosette (and the headscarf which you can see in the other pictures) it is becuase it was the horseplay race! Lots of people made a real effort in the dressing up, so I felt like a bit of a cheat.

Mmmm energy drink

coming out of the scramble net

This was the hardest thing I think I have ever done, we quickly had to run through water, very near the start and I have never run through water before, let alone run more than 10K with wet shoes. There were jumps and vertical hills through the woods and trees. At night! When I got to the end and had to go over a waist high jump, through water and then got to a scramble net I shouted ‘you have GOT to be joking!’ . But I wasn’t sure that if I went down onto my knees to get through the net that I was going to be able to get back up again.

The very last thing was this

this is actually quite high to get up!

and I was at the end of my tether by that, point, I heaved myself up and then ran through the finish line.

grinning like a lunatic

As you can see by the end of the race I was soaking wet and filthy dirty, but grinning like a lunatic with sheer pride and happiness. I am not a fast runner and I have never done anything as challenging as this before, but I was delighted to have completed it. My time was 2hr 6min, which I don’t think is too bad, especially as in some parts there were bottlenecks and I had to walk up some of the hills, I was even contemplating using my hands as they were not far off the ground. There was some hills that I couldn’t run down because it was too steep and I have never run anything like that before. I did think about dropping to the ground and going down it ‘sausage roll’ style, but didn’t think I would be too popular if I wiped people out on my way down.

The fastest person did it at around 50 mins, by which point I had just about reached the drinks station at the halfway point. I cannot even contemplate running at that speed.  But that would have meant they would have completed it before it got properly dark, so actually they were cheating, as declared by me ;-)

I have to thank my wonderful other half who drove me there, waited in the dark for me to emerge from the woods and then helped clean my feet when I had a blister/cut and I wanted to disinfect it (there was a serious bog at one point on the course). He hates feet, so this was a real labour of love!

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