Perfect Ten

Day ten of the AdventRunning challenge seems like a good time for an update. For those not in the know, the AdventChallenge is simply to run for at least 30 minutes each day from the 1st to 25th of December.

The Varsity Trophy for the Gentlemen's Race. One of the oldest match races in the world dating back to 1880.

The Varsity Trophy for the Gentlemen’s Race. One of the oldest match races in the world dating back to 1880.

Day 1 of the challenge was a shaky start for me. Some urgent work came in that necessitated ditching my planned lunchtime run. Plan B was to run in the evening with Hadlow Running Group. However about 2 miles in to that run, one of our number tripped on a concealed tree root and went down heavily. Fortunately there was no serious injury but she was shaken and clearly not in a condition to continue running. Instead as a group we walked our casualty to her home. After which there was just time for us to put in another short loop. So a total of 30 minutes running was achieved albeit in two parts with a walk in between.

The 9 subsequent days of running have been without incident and I have just reached the 50 mile mark. All the runs have been completed at a sedentary pace and on flat terrain. Which is all consistent with my gradual rehabilitation from injury and slow’n’steady return to form.

I don’t usually carry a camera or smart-phone when I run, so I haven’t been able to contribute any photos to the AdventRunning facebook page but I have enjoyed seeing the images that others have posted. It has been very motivating to read the many inspirational vignettes from other runners, none of whom I know, but all engaged on the same venture.

On the Saturday – 6th – I had the great pleasure of watching my son run in the Varsity race on Wimbledon Common. Now that he is at Uni, I don’t get to see him run so often. I was so tremendously proud of him as he put in a fine performance individually and as Oxford Club Captain his tactics paid off handsomely to earn a team win. It was a joy to see how both teams were intense in their competition on the course but equally gracious & sporting in victory/defeat. The ladies race was marked by some controversy as a large group of runners (from 2nd place to middle of the field) ran off-course and finished ahead of the race leader. Although clearly upsetting for all concerned, I was very impressed that runners and organisers harmoniously agreed on a fair set of outcomes. The “race leader” for Oxford was awarded her individual win and Cambridge, who had packed strongly in the misdirected group were given the team win.

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