It is done. I have finished my Freelance Journalism course. The strangest thing is, for the first time in my life, I actually feel sad to finish studying! Though I have very much enjoyed my course, it hasn’t always been easy. Returning to ‘school’ is becoming evermore popular, a quick google search suggests that a quarter of all students enrolling are over 21. A UCAS report from 2014 recorded 37,300 students over 25 accepted onto higher education courses that year. With this in mind, I thought I would share some of my troubles and successes as I am attempt to refire the old brain engine so others can see they are not alone in their struggles.
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