Sherwood Pines Ultra, January 2022 – Craig Burton

Going into this race wasn’t sure what to expect 6 hours to run as far as possible seems fun yet daunting.

Got up early as usual kit all sorted Katie got kids ready and packed the car and off we went weather was pretty good after the cold ice we had days before.

Met a few of my friends from other running clubs and after race brief and hugs and good lucks I set off.

Steady pace to get a feel for the route which turned out to be pretty flat apart from two slight hills which turned out to be mountains towards the end ?

It was good as after every 3.5mile loop I got to see the family and fill my boots at the aid station.

I got to lap 9 passing and chatting to various people on route but I could feel the groin giving me a little problem so thought once back into the aid station I’ll call it a day ??

As I hit the aid station my friend said to me come on we have 45 min another loop we got this so I topped up the tailwind took some painkillers and off we went for one final loop I was now running the downs and walking the hills but finally made it back 34 mile later to the families relief as they were looking ready for home ?

All in all a great day out well organised and easy to follow great volunteers and such a fun race to be part of great to be representing the harriers ??