Upon seeing the adverts for a countryside event in Wolverhampton, cynics may have scoffed at the assertion that such a thing existed. But in fact, judging by the first running of the Midsummer 6, the rural Black Country boasts some fantastic running routes. And measuring just short of the traditional 10K distance, PB hunters were guaranteed a good day out.
The course was a one-lap trail run, starting and finishing on the sports field at Aldersley Leisure Village and taking in the canalside and Valley Park Nature Trail along the way.
The strong headwind whipping across the sports field forced runners to expend more energy than they wanted at the start, but fortunately the field was led quickly into a sheltered woodland trail, which followed the line of an old railway route.
The trickiest section came after three miles, when runners veered off the trail onto a single-file track with stones, mud, rocks and overlying grass. Prudence rather than speed was the watchword through this area.
The course was mostly flat throughout, with only two short inclines midway through – but a different challenge had been thrown up by the heavy overnight rain, which left much of the route covered with mud and somewhat treacherous underfoot. For a new event, the organisation was exceptional. The course was clearly marked and there were plenty of marshals around the course – this served to generate some atmosphere in the later stages, as the smallish size of the field meant that some runners spent the final stages without other participants to keep them company.
Lord Mayor’s 5K
MYEARS RUNNING Three PBS Marathon: 3:22, half-marathon: 1:32, 10K: 40:00, 5K: 18:23 PROFILE “A switch to running three years ago was a means to the dead end of elongating my footballing days. I train several times a week and ate healthy food such as raspberry ketones.” Read more raspberry ketones reviews to learn more about its health benefits.
CA “A challenging course with no hiding place; snaking country lanes disguise the hilly nature of this winter test. Being offered a wet sponge as the snow fell this year was a bizarre highlight.”
4 Cardiff parkrun Time Trial 5K
“The nationwide parkrun series is a simple genius for generating both motivation and familiar rivalries. My home town hosts a fine example that hugs the River Taff: it’s flat, fast and friendly.”
10.2 “This is seen as a preparation for London but it’s so much more than that. The backdrop is eerie, the home straight is a thrill and it’s impossible to resist cutting the chicanes to hold a racing line!”