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Monday, 25 April 2011

Good Friday Hill Race 2011

I took my camera and took some pictures during the race.. such a relief to stop and take a few snaps haha, those hills were soo tough.. I must have blocked the memory of how painful it was from last years race haha. I've tried to arrange the pictures into some form of order, it was pretty much an out and back course with a loop at the furthest point and the finish was slightly different to the start... Anyway, most of the hills pictured I went up and down at some point during the race.. Not sure how much speed I picked up on some of the downhills, one of them was so steep I was so scared of falling!

Before the race

This was the second or third hill, I kept the guy in yellow in my sights for a lot of the race but eventually he pulled away and I couldn't keep up

I saw the lead runner on this hill last year so this year I was pleased not to see anyone on it as it gave me hope that I was doing better than last year!

This hill was easily the worst going up and down. The pictures don't do it justice, it is SO steep! I took a few of this one to try and give some perspective..

The view from the top!

Then you turn the corner and your heart breaks a bit 'cause you see this hill, this is one of those evil ones with a fake summit too, ouch!

This one felt a lot steeper in real life too! There was a little boy cheering at the top of this one with his mum and dad and he shouted to me 'I can see you sweating'.. thanks little boy haha

And then we were done!

7.3 miles of hills in 1:14:29 44/49 I was the last woman but I beat a few men. It was a very male dominated race only 6 women ran! Also got 6 minutes off last years time! No splits 'cause Mike wore the garmin though... I need my own, I would have loved to know my splits!

Sweaty tomato

Got home for some Roxie cuddles in the garden

I'll hopefully have some photos from the race organisers website soon, I'm pretty sure some people snapped some of me though god knows what they will look like... I tried a few self portrait style ones but they were really too bad to post. I wish I didn't look such a state when I run, one of the volunteers even asked me if I was ok to finish, I was thinking yeah fine I always look this awful lol... Oh well!


  1. Nice work- that is a great time-(esp with the 6 mins off last year's time) those hills do look very steep!
    You know I look like that when I finish running too- no shame in it- means you worked hard! :)

  2. Well done! I can remember when you ran this last year. So awesome that you beat last years time too :-)

  3. Well done :)! Lovely photos. Give Roxie a cuddle from me too. What a cutie x

  4. Congratulations 6 minutes is fantastic on what looks like a very tough course. You just have a healthy post run glow that's all :-)

  5. Woohoo - 6 minutes is HUGE for a race. You go girl!!!

  6. Congrats on the course PB -- those hills look horrendous! I know from experience that pictures just don't do them justice, and even so, they look steep enough to me!

  7. Yay to you! Those hills do look evil but I bet it was a great run! x x

  8. Looks a nice course does that and knocking 6 minutes off is a good old chunk of time - well done!

  9. Well done! It looks like a difficult course.

    People are always asking me if I'm OK - I think I've just got one of those faces that looks weird when I'm concentrating.

  10. Such great photos but those hills must have been killers! Great job on improving your time!

  11. Fantastic job on a really tough race! Shaving off 6 minutes is huge! Those hills are brutal but beautiful. Congrats!

  12. Uh, being a sweaty mess after a race shows that you gave it your all: you should see the state of me when I finish. All of my post-race pics are taken a good 5 minutes after I finish once I have calmed down and cooled off.

    Those are some killer hills: the course looks a lot like the Conniston 14+ I ran...that was totally male-dominated too! 6 minutes is a huge improvement in time and you should be highly chuffed with yourself.

    P.S In my blog outburst I was referring to both you and Laura of Keeping Healthy...I suppose I should have written 'Lauras' but I wasn' thinking very clearly when I wrote the post.

  13. phew, knackered just reading about that really, well done on the improved time from last year!

    How annoying when people say "are you ok?!" in a concerned manner when you are just fine and dandy. Sweat girl, sweat and be proud of it!!

    Roxie is very cute :)

  14. Roxie is so gorgeous!!
    Well done for the race (:

  15. I've commented on this before, but just wanted to let you know that I get my stevia from viva pure (: