Bawtry Forest Trail Race

Why are we doing this?  Was the question asked on Sunday morning when we were heading out for an 80 minute drive to a race we knew very little about.  Is that a bit far to be going? After all, this is just a hobby, we aren’t going to be winning races……

Bawtry Forest Trail Race

Entry for this race was by the old fashioned method of printing out your form and sending it (with a cheque – used one of those recently!! – and an SAE) to the address given.  In due course we received our race numbers and some race information with a hand drawn map of how to get there.  A few comments made us giggle and set the tone for this event….. “watch out for piglets” “plenty of trees for the gents”……

As we arrived at the venue there were plenty of marshals instructing us all where to park and we were very close to the start / finish and race HQ (a wooden hut).  The atmosphere was great, as was the location.  We had a bit of time to waste so we wandered around a bit and had a look at the start and finish (uphill…) and the usual several loo stops before pinning our numbers on and getting ready to go.

It was a gloriously sunny day and the setting of the forest made it perfect.  A very relaxed request for everyone to shuffle to the start line and the race briefing was underway.  Very friendly, lots of warnings of tree roots and mud and instruction to have fun and we were off.  This race isn’t chip timed, but it is a relatively small field so that didn’t seem an issue.

Described as 7 miles ish, and all off road, I knew I needed to pace myself.  Off we headed along the grass tracks and into the forest.  Within the first mile or so there was a stretch with several very muddy / puddly sections – great fun!!  Up to your ankles in thick sticky mud – trying to keep on your feet and keep running.  It definitely gave the thighs a work out.

That turned out to be the only muddy section, the rest was very pleasant grass and woodland trails – with a few short sharp ups and downs.  There were marshals at points throughout the race who were all very encouraging.  A few logs to jump made for a bit more challenge and interest!

The finish…..  now this was about 60 meters steep uphill !

My Garmin showed:

  • 6.58 miles – 01:02:21
  • 126th place out of 225 runners
  • 35th out of 107 females

The goody bag

THE Goody Bag.  The goody bag of much discussion on the event facebook page 😉  It was a very pleasant change to not only receive a bottle of water and a t-shirt.  But to have sandwiches, cake, banana, crumpets and more.

All of this for £12 entry fee !

What did I think – was it worth it?

Definitely !!  I loved this race and will be back again next year.

How could it be improved?

Only through the addition of being able to enter online – just for ease (and not having to look for the cheque book).


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