• Mon02March 2015
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  • Mill Hill Marathon 2015 for North London Hospice (and the best bling ever)

    Some races you plan for, others you enter as part of the journey towards your ultimate goal for experience, a rehearsal or simply to get the mileage into your legs. And this was the reason I entered the Mill Hill Marathon 2015. Mentioned by a running mate (and running fanatic Matthew Hearne) on Facebook, I hunted down the site, emailed the organiser when I saw it was full and when I was offered a place I thought why not use this race as my last ‘big one’ before taper time (pre-MdS)?

    Muddy pins...

    Muddy pins…

    But I soon discovered that the first Mill Hill Marathon was more than a rehearsal race for me, the organiser Anna had pulled the entire race together to raise money for the North London Hospice. You don’t really realise the thought and effort behind a race until you start receiving the updates and emails about what to expect. Anna had thought of everything.

    From pre-race information about the muddy maraFUN – it really was – to a raffle, tea and cake and instructions about the five lap course, you really couldn’t fault the first Mill Hill Marathon. Runners could even grab themselves a free drink at the Adam and Eve pub at the end of the race. Then there was the bling…but before I show this impressive medal it’s over to the race.

    Muddy MaraFUN

    Mud Mud Mud

    Mud Mud Mud

    The course consisted of four 9k laps and one shorter lap (around 7k I think). This was no road race though. With 850m ascent and plenty of mud, the Mill Hill Marathon was a similar deal to Trailscape. There were times when you were running on the pavement, on the whole however, you found yourself running through puddles of mud cutting across fields where sheep were happily grazing and horse tracks. With food stations at around 3 miles and at the start of each lap, there were no complaints about having an empty belly.

    Squint and you may be able to see Wembley

    Squint and you may be able to see Wembley

    If you’re looking for trails not far from Central London, Mill Hill is full of them. Honestly, it was a real eye-opener. I saw farms, yes farms on the way and plenty of house porn. And the icing on the cake of sights had to be Mill Hill school.

     

    The grounds of Mill Hill school

    The grounds of Mill Hill school

    Easy to spot from the route, it was like running past the house in Brideshead Revisited. Grand, palatial and breath-taking in its splendour, you could not help stopping for a snap of the now school. It was also a sign that you were almost at the start of another lap. The sights and views on the route made the fact that this was a race of laps easier and more fun to run around.

     And now to the bling…

    Well, how many of you can say you own something as cool as this:

    Thanks to my lovely assistant for spinning those sails.

    Not to mention a goody bag stuffed with treats and a foot scrubber to remove all the mud from your hard-worked tootsies.

    Fantastic goody bag treats

    Fantastic goody bag treats

    And there was also something extra…

    Second lady trophy

    Second lady trophy

    So will there be another Mill Hill Marathon? I do hope so.

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