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CTS Northumberland 10K 2014

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Emily Alston 69 FSen 01:11:26

Emily said : Last weekend I went back to the trails with my intrepid Uncle Paul (who I have been running Lakeland Trails with for a while now), to take on the Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Northumberland 10K. There was a 10K, a half, a marathon and an ultra on offer, all timed so that people from all groups crossed the finish line at about the same time. We met and registered at Bamburgh Castle and were able to have a sneaky look around the grounds early on, before being bussed to the 10K start line at Beadnell Bay. The route was flat, but mainly along the sand, (an experience familiar to beach fun regulars!), some flat wet sand, really quite alot of the dry slow cloggy stuff too and some mad rocks to scramble over at about five miles. The field was small but the event was well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I really liked running alongside some of the Ultra runners and being able to show them some support for their awesome effort as we ran up the last stretch of beach (sadly not the last stretch for them, they still had quite a few miles to go!). The sting in the tail was a sandy uphill run back to the castle to the finish line at the end, which almost caused my Uncle Paul’s heart rate monitor to explode! Neatly they printed out little slips (like betting slips!) with your finish time on at the same time as handing you a nice medal and an energy bar at the finish. All in all this was a great day. Looking forward to taking on their Pembrokeshire 10K on the mayday bank holiday weekend. Oh, also my Uncle Paul got an email when he got home to say he was the 2nd fastest >60 Veteran in the 10K, so, as we finished together, I can now claim to be as fast as the second fastest 60+ year old man! Uncle Paul got a £5 gift voucher for his efforts and says the heart rate monitor is working fine again now.

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