Slaley Forest Trail Runs, 19th November 2023

Lynne Cornell sent this report from Slaley Hall, where there was possibly some mud:

“The flooded course at the Rising Sun parkrun the day before had certainly prepared me well for this. I entered this race a few weeks ago as a friend had bought a pair of trail shoes and wanted to try them out.

We parked up and went on our way to collect our numbers – her description on Strava is ‘Mud, blood and enormous puddles: and that was just getting to the start!’

The conditions were perfect-not too warm, not too hot and no breeze. The event offers a half marathon and a 10k race and I was glad I had chosen the 10k variety, due to the depth of the mud. Massive respect for those that did a half marathon in it.

The 10k is a single lap around the beautiful grounds of Slaley Hall. It starts with an uphill section on a rutted track (lots of puddles), then across fields (lots of mud), through a section of forest (lots of puddles and mud) which leads downhill to a path alongside the golf course (again lots of puddles and mud!).

Emerging out of the forest the view over the Tyne Valley was stunning – that was the one millisecond I wasn’t looking at the ground to see what was coming next! At the end you are rewarded with a buff and a medal plus a lovely long sleeved top and (probably best of all) a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea! No chocolate so obviously the other half wasn’t too impressed! A great morning out in fantastic surroundings.”

Eric Adams was one of those receiving Lynne’s massive respect, finishing an impressive 15th over the half-marathon distance.

Position Runner Time
79Lynne Cornell 01:01:02
Position RunnerTime
15Eric Adams1:48:00
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