After entering the Hemington 10k on the recommendation of course record-holder Charlotte Green, four anxious Bristol and West athletes rocked up on Mothering Sunday to find a course that can only be described as extremely hilly. Not to be put off, unofficial team coach Charlotte (notice how she didn’t run this year!) took us off on a warm-up to sample the sights. Unfortunately, the picturesque village of Hemington did little to mask the pain that was about to be inflicted on our hamstrings, especially on a very rare sunny day at the end of March.
A full women’s team of Sarah Everitt, Clare Jolliffe and Emma Jolliffe (I was roped into it with the possibility of my first ever team prize and the guilt of daughter duties) and men’s team trooper Pete Mountain represented the club as best they could while facing the seemingly mountainous course. Although there may have been more farmyard animals than spectators on the way round, dreams of finding a downhill section were enough to keep them going. Thankfully, a steep downward finish past crowds of very encouraging villagers meant great photo opportunities as well as a deceivingly fast sprint finish.
Pete brought the team home, finishing well (confirmed by Mr Jolliffe) in around 15th, in a time of approximately 41.40. Clare was hot on his heels (and first female finisher) in 41.57. Never far away from each other, Sarah came in just after, in around 42.50 and second lady finisher. So far, so good. I somehow managed to cling on, finishing in 50.56 (a 5 minute PB, if I do say so myself), leaving Bristol as the fastest women’s team. Our prize – 3 crates of ale – wasn’t quite what I was thinking but it was a win nonetheless. To add to their numerous race prizes, Sarah and Clare also got a lovely bunch of flowers each. Looks like that Mothers’ Day present wasn’t needed after all!
Emma Jolliffe reports