The sun was shining on Sunday for our inaugural attempt at the Cotswold Hilly 100! For those of you who may not know, the event is a relay race of 10 x 10(ish) mile legs which starts and ends in Stratford working its way up and down the hills of the Cotswolds in the process. Each leg is run in turn using pre-issued instructions and maps, starting at the crack of dawn and finishing half a day later.
Jude Mansfield took the red-eye leg to get things started at 6am and set the tone for a fantastic day of running (she even ran back to the start of her leg to warm down). The baton was passed successfully between all of the first 7 legs, even if there were a couple of near misses (Flick still getting changed when Rob came through and Tim pocketing the baton against the wishes of some marshalls). Leg 8 was a mass start to ensure we finished within the allocated cut off time and was won by Torsten. Big Kev brought us home in a total time of 12 hours and 29 minutes (plus or minus a couple of minutes), and the fact no one got lost (including a team with Andy C in) made it an even greater achievement!
A summary of each leg is below:
The post run drinks and curry involved a game of Hilly Top Trumps which created friendly debate over who had the hardest leg, steepest elevation gain or highest heart rate (Kev trying to pocket all 3).
Overall, we all had a huge amount of fun with the event well and truly living up to its name and are already looking forward to taking part again next year. Hopefully we can get a few more teams together and rival Kenilworth and Spa Striders who entered 7 teams each! Let me know if you are interested in getting involved next year and more details will follow about the 2020 event once they are released.
Thanks again to those who ran and helped to organise logistics and made the event possible, as we have been looking to do this for a number of years without ever getting it off the ground.