Templer Ten 2015

Half term is done and its back to work tomorrow.

Its been a nice week, a good mix of running, swimming, cycling, sewing, shopping and James Bonding.

In line with my plan to run more off-road, today was my first 10 mile 90% off-road event, notice the reluctance to avoid the use the word ‘race’. To me this was an event, an event to enjoy, an event to train my legs and lungs for the March event of all events!

Start time was 11 am, by this time the fog had lifted and the temperature was unseasonably warm for this time of year. The course started at a local private school, where we did one large loop of the spacious grounds before heading out in to the countryside. The terrain was certainly multi-terrain, road, mud, grass, footpaths, tracks, stones, cycle paths, forest paths, hazardous tree root sections and because it was Devon some undulations. It was well organised, with lots of friendly marshals, I think I might be back to do this one.

I ran without looking at my pace at all and as I was approaching the finish line, I looked up to read the finish clock. I was amazed with the time and even managed a spurt passing (thankfully) two women in my age bracket and a 60-year-old woman (well done to her!). I came in 5 minutes under my predicted time to be met with Madam who was also surprised by my efforts and remarked “and you weren’t even going for it!” She’s right, I wasn’t but I wonder what I could have done if I had gone for it? One thing is for sure though I bet I would not have enjoyed it so much.

Finishers Mug!

Finishers Mug!





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 Templer Ten 2015

  1. Maybe if you were ‘going for it’ you’d have been all tense and awkward and falling over and stuff. You definitely chose the right mindset.
    Well done 😊

    • shazruns says:

      Thanks Phil did think of you it started at Stover School and went round the adjacent country park have pencilled it in for a Sunday afternoon walk, beautiful and very popular

  2. oscardiamond says:

    Sounds like a lovely course. I envy your Devon hills. Cambridgeshire is mostly shaped like a pancake!

  3. Nothing like surprising the young people, well done Shaz x

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