Skull Runner Half Marathon

Race Date: Saturday, 31/10/2020
Race Distance: Half Marathon

This was my introduction to the world of Phoenix Running events. This one was based at Denbies vineyard. There was a hilly lap of 5.3 km which you could repeat as often as you liked. COVID-wise, we were all given 15 minute slots in which to arrive (with number already inked upon our forearm), register, and get going. The precautions included not having an official bag drop, unfortunate for those of us arriving by public transport, as it implied you needed to carry everything round with you. In practice, runners had left an array of bags in the open air near the registration area, but I had decided to go minimal, a decision which seemed justified when I met a runner in the loos complaining that all her spare clothes were soaked. For the heavens opened in the middle of my first lap, and never stopped. It has to be one of the wettest events I have ever done: tracks became streams, my waterproof overgloves trapped small lakes at my finger tips, waterproof jacket and trousers held out briefly then joyfully let all the rain in. I enjoyed the relaxed format, and the undulating profile - and yes, the mud. But with the rain, four laps rapidly came to seem the most sensible option. Rewarded with a fantastic shiny medal in the form of a skull wearing shades. From the results I understand Nathalie Descusse-Brown also was at Denbies and did 5 laps.