THE BENEFITS OF A TRAIL DOG
It comes to my attention that I have now been accused on several separate occasions of having an obsession with my dog Mawli. Having given it some thought, I freely admit that they are right, she is my best friend and I love her to bits. Needy by nature, fortunately it is a mutual obsession. Mawli is my constant shadow, ever ready for the next adventure. In return I value her companionship above all others, her constant energy and verve for life can lift me from my darkest mood.
I woke up the morning of my first race feeling slightly hysterical with a heady concoction of nerves and excitement.
The chosen one was a 10 km trail race in Dunswich, Suffolk. This was part of the Coastal Trail series run by Endurance life events. Admittedly at this stage I have nothing to compare this event too but from my experience on the day I found it to be a fantastically well organised event.It was easy to find and from the moment you arrive there are people and signs everywhere ensuring you know where to park, pay, register, start line, toilets. The car park is right next to the beach for a nice blast of fresh air and a leg stretch after your journey. There was also a nice convenient cafe here though this did get rather busy at lunchtime. The race itself had a great setting in a field atop a hill that you enter through a grand pair of archways all enclosed within a crumbling stone wall. The start/finish line was set up with a backdrop of old ruins from a 13th century Friary. Beyond these you could just get a glimpse of the coastline through the trees. On the day there was also Ultra, Marathon and Half Marathon distances. Everything was clear and professionally done just what you need when your feeling a little bewildered and overwhelmed! Continue reading