The main reason for Ryde Harriers, Cherry Shannon and Sally Roberts, entering this race was the medal but unfortunately, about a week before race day, the organisers announced that the medals wouldn’t be here in time – they were on a container ship somewhere in the middle of the ocean!
Despite considering pulling out, off we went anyway along with two members of IWRR, Elaine Harris and Julie Salter.
The Half Marathon was one of three races (a 20 miler and a full marathon) held on the same day in and around the Rushmore Estate in Wiltshire, race HQ being the Larmer Tree Gardens complete with peacocks and parrots.
This was a hilly, mainly off-road route through beautiful countryside. The atmosphere was friendly, relaxed and didn’t feel like a race. Everyone was having great fun, smiles all the way round. The ‘Love Station’ at the half way point was a novel but welcome touch with Bucks Fizz (because it was Mother’s Day), Blackberry Vodka, Jaffa Cakes, Chocolate Brownies, Jelly Beans, oh and water if you wanted it (we didn’t).
When we got to the finish, as the medals hadn’t arrived, we had a choice of a bottle of beer or a buff, lots of home-made cake and were given a voucher for a hot meal – what’s not to like!
Not much in this report about the running but we did have a great run and a fab day out. White Star Running’s events are definitely recommended and the running is only part of it (www.whitestarrunning.co.uk).