Tadworth 10

On Sunday 5th January 11 Striders made the relatively short journey up to Epsom to run the Tadworth 10.  The race start was at the famous Epsom racecourse, the venue for the Derby.  Consequently, the race facilities on the ground floor of the main stand were excellent.  A warm environment, tea and coffee for sale and plenty of toilets so no queuing.  The start of the race was a 5-minute walk away and there was plenty of car parking.  The race itself was a mixture of terrain.  It started on the racecourse and after a long downhill followed country roads, small villages and paths through wooded areas.  The course consisted of 2 loops that had a steady climb and a long downhill section that followed.  On the second loop, the climb was more noticeable with tired legs!  Conditions were cold but dry and Mike Osmon was first Strider home closely followed by Tim McGrath who set a PB for the 10-mile distance.  This well-organised race was a thoroughly enjoyable day out and a great start to the New Year.  I’m sure this race will grow in popularity with Striders.

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