Shaw and Whitley Stampede
|Date:||23rd May 2009|
Described as a challenging run over fields, woodland, road, mud and gravel tracks, this race (near Melksham in Wiltshire) lived up to that description. There was a long gentle up hill between 1M and 2M and much of the race was off-road including running along rough cart-tracks, through woodlands, farmyards, fields (one was broad beans) using various kinds of field-exits (kissing gates, stiles, etc).
I found it a difficult race to pace. This year's winning time was nearly 1:53 slower than last year but maybe this was because yesterday was hot. With a few more runners than last year, many were from the local running clubs of Chippenham and Corsham.
The race was well signed and marshalled. It was accompanied by the village fete.