Woke up to a very frosty morning -7. Arrived in the carpark on the other side of Farnborough airport which meant a brisk walk to the start area. Arrived in the old Airship Hangar with just enough time to strip off, hand my bag in, and get on the start line.
The route was fairly flat, started off with a couple of increasing laps around the business park and start area, before heading off around the airfield, it was predominately on road, round many roundabouts, before taking a sharp right turn into some woods. The path underfoot was a good firm path as we snaked through the trees before reappearing the other side in a housing estate.
Back to the tarmac and along country lanes, past a few dog walkers, and after a few more roundabouts, we reached a small off road section, with a couple of frozen mud puddles (not as deep or as muddy as FoD parkrun), before joining a canal path. The scenery along here was beautiful, the canal was frozen over except for one section where the swans were swimming around.
On leaving the canal path, we were back on tarmac, taking the small lanes around the south side of the airfield, past the Army Golf Course, and into another business park, then just a short climb up before taking a left turn back towards the finish. Over one more roundabout and then enjoyed the downhill slope, past the end of the runway, past the runners who had finished walking back to their cars, around back into the first business park and into the old Airship Hangar to finish in a time of 2hrs 09mins. – Which is spot on as the event was put on by 2:09 events.
A great course, great marshals several water stations, and a fab goody bag and medal.
It was then amazing to hear that whilst I had been off running the half, Leona had taken on the 5k challenge and came home 3rd Female, and had won a pile of 2:09 events goodies.
A quick change into warm clothes, hot cuppa and back to the car.
Next stop Portsmouth Coastal – 12th February 2017