When our friends at the Fix Events asked if we would like to take part in one of its legendary MoRuns, I jumped at the chance to sign up for its Brighton 5K event in the grounds of the upper crust Stamner Park. I was well acquainted with the venue, having previously partied the night away at an event in the house, but I’d never run in the extensive grounds before.
Worried about parking, I decided to make an early appearance. But there was no issue at all and so off I went to collect my race pack, including my funky orange MoRunning headband… They’d certainly see me coming.
As well as encouraging runners to grow, stick or paint on a ‘tache to run for this great cause, raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues, the MoRunning organisers love it when runners show up in full fancy dress. In fact, they love it so much that they hold a fancy dress competition before each race. There were some strong entries at Brighton, but the two-man Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines outfit was pretty outstanding. Once medals had been handed out, it was time for a quick warm-up with plenty of banter before the 5K runners, myself included, headed for the start line.
This would be my first race in a year, and my first proper run in two months, so I was suddenly a bit overwhelmed by the trail run before me. Especially when it started off with a fairly steep hill. Reaching the top, the marshals were quick to reassure everyone that the worst was behind us and that it was all flat or downhill from here.
At this point I decided I was definitely going to need some music to see me through. So I plugged myself in and went for the Chemical Brothers ‘Surrender’ and, as I continued my run, I mused whether that choice was my subconscious trying to give me a message. However the marshals were true to their word and I found myself happily running through a beautiful woodland trail on a sunny and crisp Saturday.
The first of the 10K runners passed me by as I hit the 1K mark. I’d lost some time as I’d fiddled about with my music, and I could see some fellow 5K runners just ahead of me for all of the race, but I just couldn’t seem to catch up with them. Eventually this left me feeling a little dejected however, just as this thought tried to take root, I found myself at 4K before I knew it, and my morale received a much-needed boost.
As I approached the finish line, the 10K men’s winner shot ahead of me at impressive speed and I followed at 46mins 1sec to cheers from the few spectators and finishers who’d gathered round the finish line.
Slow to be sure but, since it was my first proper run in a while, I felt like a legend as I collected my finely sculpted MoMedal and awaited my husband who was running the 10K race for Men’s Running. All in all this was a fantastically fun event. It had a taxing start, but the rest of the course was smooth going. So, if you wanted to achieve a PB on a trail run, it wouldn’t be unrealistic on this course. It’s also a good race to take on with friends, and with the kids (both human and canine), so everyone really can get involved.
MoRunning is over for another year, but if you would like to run any other The Fix Events run, it is offering Women’s Running readers the chance to SAVE 10% on any of its upcoming races with promotional code FIXEBIRD-MWR-2017. Click here to find an event near you.
Details of 2017 MoRunning events coming soon.