Undulating or hilly?


It’s all a matter of perception.

I don’t usually do races and there are a number of reasons why:- I’m too tight to pay the entry fee, means more time away from home than a normal from house run, I have a perception of the time I would like to do it in and then get disheartened when I fall short of it. However my VLM plan asked for two races and as my Dad would tell you I always do as I am told! (well when it comes to training plans anyway) Today was the first of those races.

Last night I slept terribly, running the whole brief time I was asleep and had nightmares about getting lost or taking the wrong turning! On dragging my body out from under the duvet I was really beginning to question my sanity, not for the first time.

The Slay the Dragon 10K is billed as ‘It is a good undulating six mile course of multi-terrain with country lanes, rough tracks, stiles, gates, fields, hills and breathtaking country views!’, now if you are a south westerner and used to the hills then you might well describe this run as undulating. For me a new resident of the south-west I would refer to the run as ###### hilly.

I got to the venue with an hour to spare but fortunately was able to shelter from the cold wind, in my car as I was parked on the same field as the start and finish. start finPerfect. Five minutes before the start I crept out in to the elements, it was so cold that even my bum cheeks were chattering! Really they had a life of their own and with a bum the size of mine I would say this was quite dangerous.

The run started with a lovely downhill and I knew this needed to be enjoyed and used while it lasted so I tried to make up the time I would lose later when the ‘undulation‘ went against me, it was a good tactic. We soon turned off the road in to a field with MUD and a HILL. On we went through fields, gates, over stiles and bridges. I was pleased with my pace (Garmin worn for a change normally he is left at home for races) until the 5 mile mark when we hit 4 stiles in quick succession, followed by a narrow wooden bridge and fences that had to be lept over, (mmmmm) this was proper cross country. THEN we hit a steep hill, followed by a kissing gate (if madam was there kissing would have taken place but fortunately for the guy ahead of me I did not snog his face off!), this was followed by STEPS! If I had any breathe in me I would have sworn but instead pulled myself up with the help of the handrail. Really at the end of a run you do not need this at all. I knew the end was nigh and managed to pick up a bit of pace towards the finish. I was rewarded with a flapjack!

DSCN2157YUMMY. The time was longer than I wanted it to be (normal service) but quite pleased with it really given the course. Surprisingly I enjoyed it and guess that is the main thing. Well marshalled, well signposted, well organised.

Now anyone want to clean these for me?


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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6 Responses to Undulating or hilly?

  1. shaz the slayer – has a ring to it! well done Sharon, can’t believe how upset I get at just a few kerbs!!

  2. Dash says:

    Ugh. I’m with you on the undulating v hilly debate. My boyfriend went to in Wales and did most of his long runs in Brecons, we have very different perspectives about what a hill is!

    Good job though, those are some proper cross-country runner’s trainers now!

  3. Mavis hall says:

    Dad says ‘do it again tomorrow’! Mum says well done can I have the recipe for the flapjack if it’s that good!

  4. plustenner says:

    well done! those nice new trainers have been well and truly christened

  5. emmaross99 says:

    Yeah, I always read undulating as hilly, much as they try and persuade you it’s not hilly they always are…… Well done for running it though!

  6. fortnightflo says:

    Oh that sounds like FUN I LOVE cross country!

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