Race review: CRUK Snowflake Winter Run - Women's Running

Race review: CRUK Snowflake Winter Run

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  March 21, 2016

Cancer Research Snowflake Winter Run

The Cancer Research Snowflake Winter Run 10K in Southampton was…lots of fun! Not just that; it was relaxed, incredibly friendly, with lots of support and a lovely course away from roads. I really wanted to do this 10K as it was local, off-road (though on paths) and I knew I could carry on running after the event, making it a perfect choice for anyone needing to do a long run as part of their marathon training. I also wanted to get involved with the Cancer Research races in my area, and help promote them!

It was a very chilly morning, with a bitter wind, though overall it was less intense than the day before; we runners were blessed with a slight lull in the weather. The Cancer Research support crew had everything well organised and picking up our numbers was  Cancer Research Snowflake winter runseamless and quick. There were even a few friendly polar bears in the crowd, mingling with the runners, old and young, experienced and new. The warm up was just what everyone needed and not a moment too soon, as I think everyone was keen to get underway to return the circulation to their toes and noses.

The 10K involved two laps winding their way around the paths of the common, so it was scenic, with lots of green and trees to uplift your winter spirits. It was 10am on a Sunday morning so, saying all that, the paths were quite crowded with dog walkers and families; all of us had to do quite a bit of weaving to find our way. There were hundreds of runners, most raising money for Cancer Research. There were also quite a few walkers, showing how accessible for all the event was.

You got to high five the polar bears throughout the run and pass (twice) through the snow machine, which was crazy as the bubbles blew back into your face and up your nose. There were a few undulations; anyone familiar with Southampton’s parkrun will know there’s quite a hill to climb. Runners and marshals were all shouting support, and coming through the finish to a double high five from two polar bears was definitely a new way to end a race!

The course was a little over, at six and a half miles, but this often happens and it really didn’t make much difference to the overall experience.Cancer Research Snowflake Winter Run UK It just gave us all an extra quarter of a mile of fitness! We runners left the common with a lovely medal, a few goodies and a sense of a fun event. The feedback I’ve got from local runners who participated was that they really enjoyed the day. It’s always the support that impacts on your race experience, and there was plenty of that at the Southampton Snowflake event. I’ll definitely be going back to this race next winter!

The next Cancer Research Snowflake Run takes place in Manchester on 28 February. For details of the nearest Snowflake Run to you visit: http://snowflakeseries.winterrunseries.co.uk

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