This Sunday in the searing heat (think it was about 31 degC; 87.8 degF), I ran in the Lindfield Village 10k cross country run. I love taking part in smaller races. Don’t get me wrong, I also love the amazing atmosphere you get at the big city races too, but taking part in the smaller races is nice as you often meet friendly local people and you’re kind of playing your part in supporting local community events.
I’ve done a few cross country runs and I just love them. You don’t usefully get the kind of speeds that you get running on the flat, but you certainly never ever get bored and you never know what’s around the next corner (all part of the fun!).
The heat was unbearable standing around waiting for the race to start let alone running so I wasn’t sure how I was going to cope. Fortunately the route passed through quite a bit of forest so there was some welcome shade every so often, but I really struggled running up hill in the heat. The heat just sucked up all my energy and I lost a lot of pace. It was a very pretty route though – we ran from Lindfield to Ardingly reservoir and past Ardingly College (very Harry Potter-esque building) and back again.
This was not a race to get a PB (aside from the fact that, at times, you were in single file through the forest and had to wait to get through the many stiles) and I certainly won’t be comparing it to my previous 10k times, but I was pleased with my time – 1h 12 mins. I’ve set a good time to beat for next year’s race anyway.
Diva rating: 4/5