National XC at Nottingham
Updated: Jun 23, 2020
After the rain, floods, and high winds, the course was ready for runners who like a real xc course! Looked like the bottom of a cattle field in most places with over the shin high mud stretching over several meters at the bottom and top of hills, depending on your height, knee high water features plus a couple of fallen trees to hurdle or climb over making this course similar to that of a Tough Mudder, a course Maria MacDonald would have loved. One lady in her late 60’s on the last lap was physically exhausted and got stuck in the mud, the marshals hesitated to go fourth into the mud to get her but luckily a couple of runners either side got her unstuck enough to be on her way and we cheered her on as she came through the finishing line in the 900’s. Only three brave Cambridge Harrier ladies meet the challenge of this course head on, first home Susan Dixon 393, then Christine Bond 597 and Sally Carr 645, unfortunately we needed four to make a team ☹. Having Holly and the men course side cheer us on was encouraging, their tone with a hint of humour in it said all, then it was the ladies turn to watch the men, well done to all Cambridge Harriers, this has to be both the worse and best course ever!