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Glenmore Forest Park Race

09/09/2015

On Friday 4th September I finished work and travelled north to Glenmore Forest Park just outside Aviemore to take part in a 12 hour trail race.  I am not sure what on earth possessed me to sign up for such an event, as it had been almost 3 years at the time of entering since I had ran anything over half marathon distance

 

.  If I am to be truly honest I think it was the pull of the camping and pre-race party than the run itself, nevertheless I had also entered London Marathon and the Lakeland trails 55K at this point also so the possibilities were endless. The 12 hour race is the shorter option of the Glenmore 24 hour trail race race both of which started at 12 noon on the Saturday and then involved running as many 4 mile loops within the designated time period.  Each loop started and finished in a field which also doubled up as the camping area and involved a loop consisting of forest trails by Loch Morlich which offered some lovely views across the water. I went up without a plan, other than to enjoy myself and to arrive back to Dumfries in one piece. I started the race, taking the first lap at a relatively easy pace and then the rest began to unfold.  By the end of the 9th lap my legs had become very tight so I decided at this point that I would go for one more lap to make it up to the 40 miles. I felt this was a fitting ending making it my longest distance to date which was achieved in a time of 8 hours 30 minutes.  The final hour of the race allowed me to rejoin the race and hobble my way through some “mini-laps” of the campsite. The rules of the race stipulate that you must complete a full 4 mile lap for it to count therefore the mini-laps allow you to clock up extra distance without it being discounted.  At 11pm the site exploded into party mode and one could not pass up the opportunity to be part of this. Whilst my feet and legs were completely broken my arms worked perfectly so I joined in the for the last half hour or so, walking a few laps and dancing the YMCA.  This last hour was the most I have ever enjoyed a race to date, even surpassing the carnival atmosphere I loved about London.  So I will 100% be entering again but next time with better planning. If anyone else fancies it, either as a fellow runner or happy camper do let me know…. Gemma

 

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