Haldon Heartbeat

After parkrun today I headed to Exeter Racecourse, where horses normally compete, but not today, today was the turn of us humans. The trail running type.

I was worried about the pace of the other competitors today, the club that was hosting it run on the track when Madam trains and I have seen the pace they run at. This was not helped by the chatter in the toilets (inside, clean, with paper oh the luxury before an event, so good in fact I had to go twice!) where lots of the ladies were talking about returning to racing! Returning? And what is this racing they talk of? I still cannot bring myself to use term ‘race’ I prefer ‘run’ or ‘event’!

I was thrilled to get this number though!


Fortunately the run was not all on the racecourse, that would not be much fun. After about half a mile we headed off in to the woods, for lots of ups and down, a bit of mud, some bluebells and a unicorn!

From about mile 3 I ran with another lady, we chatted about our various challenges, running, work and marathon training.  We were running at a similar pace and neither of us ‘racing’! Just as we came to a hill and a marshal, we were warned to keep going and ignore the white horse. White horse? Sure enough there it was standing in the sun, amongst the bluebells, a truly amazing sight, watching us runners, motionless, a white horse, a magical sight, so magical in fact that we decided it must be a unicorn. I so wish I had my camera to capture this scene.

The rest of the miles, a total of 8.5 passed pleasantly, but I must admit my legs were glad to get to the end. I was pleased with my time, with my placing within my age group but gutted to come 101st. How amazing would it have been to be runner number 100 and come in 100th!

Oh and I got a new 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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7 Responses to Haldon Heartbeat

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    Awww! And here I’m telling you to REST!!! Doh CJ!!!!! It’s sounds like a fab run Shazpops!!! The unicorn sounds mesmerising!!! GoPro for you babes! 🙂

  2. Oooooo…. 101!

    The nearest similar experience I’ve had is finishing a parkrun in 23rd place with a time of 23:22

    Exeter racecourse is just up the road from my folks’ old house. Sniff.

    I’ll be seeing much less of Devon now they’ve moved do relying entirely on your blog for photos.

  3. mawil1 says:

    Sounds like a lovely course, and nice to meet a like minded person to run and chat with! To be honest when I encounter those competitive types (like at Parkrun, no races for me) I view them as a different spieces, we just happen to co exist on the same route!!

  4. I wish you’d had your camera too. But the descrption conjured up a good image. Good job on the run so close to your speedy marathon.

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