|Date:||08 Apr 2017|
|Comments:||A perfect day for the twenty-first running of The Compton Downland Challenge; a challenging twenty mile multi-terrain race, based at The Downs School in Compton.
A wonderfully friendly event hosted by Compton Harriers, who organise it marvellously – particularly impressive for a club of their size.
An interesting and scenic route over the rolling Berkshire Downs, making use of tracks, trails, footpaths, The Ridgeway and a few roads between the villages of this part of North Berkshire, with a few steep (i.e. only walkable) hills thrown in for good measure. One particularly good viewpoint was from the hills above Streatley looking down over the sweep of the Thames through Goring Gap.
Weather conditions were hot, clear and dry with a cooling breeze in places. Underfoot, conditions were thankfully firm and dry - in contrast to wetter years, when the going can be tough to say the least.
A great variety of running surfaces ensure concentration is needed on one’s footing. Running through the cool, shady woods on seldom-used paths had a magical feel - in contrast to the beating sun out on the open hillsides and Ridgeway.
Regular refuelling stops included snacks (bananas, sweets & chocolate) as well as drinks.
Hot showers at the finish were very welcome as was the refuelling meal (of sausage, quiche, chips and beans followed by rice pudding) in the school canteen.
Overall – a fantastic event – much recommended – and far more interesting than the 13 miles of constant flat black tarmac on offer the following day at The White Horse Half!
|Previous HRR results:||2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017|