• Cost: £26

  • Terrain: Off Road

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  • Start: TN5 6AZ

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Organisation 95%
Route 90%
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Atmosphere 65%
PB Potential 40%

Bewl 15 Miler

Review by Simon Linklater

15 miles? Easy. I’ve done that every week in training for the past few months.

WRONG!!

The day started way too early. As much as I appreciate the lift (thanks Kev), leaving at 8am was somewhat eager. Plus I spotted one of my recent tinder matches hanging around the HQ and having had several messages ignored I refused the temptation to say anything, just in case she thought I was stalking her. Which I am.

To be fair I treated today’s race as a training run having busted my balls to get a PB in Thursday’s 10K, so I set off at a steady pace.

We are lucky to run in some beautiful places but this has to be one of the best. The views across Bewl Water are amazing and more than once I found myself thinking “Wow”. I think it was about 7 or 8 miles, my legs were starting to ache, but I just looked across the lake, listened to the peaceful surroundings and rather than think to myself “how far do we have left?” I honesty for a moment, and it was only a moment, thought to myself “I don’t want this to end”.

That soon changed as we headed away from the water and up the hills. I’d be warned. “Have you done it before?” my friends would ask, “No” I would reply, “Save some energy for those hills”. Obviously I ignored their advice. After all I’d run up plenty of hills. But when you factor in 11 miles of uneven trail running already in your legs, getting up those smelly hills isn’t so easy.

In fact on 2 occasions they got the better of me as I walked for about 30 seconds before breaking out into a slow jog again, so slow I would have got up the hill quicker if I carried on walking. In the end I was pleased with my time. 2 hours 38 minutes. You can’t compare this to a road half marathon as the trails are narrow in places and quite bumpy underfoot. Time isn’t the most important factor when running Bewl. Soaking up your surroundings and embracing those moments of pure beauty is what it’s all about. This is what running gives us.

In fact on 2 occasions they got the better of me as I walked for about 30 seconds before breaking out into a slow jog again, so slow I would have got up the hill quicker if I carried on walking. In the end I was pleased with my time. 2 hours 38 minutes. You can’t compare this to a road half marathon as the trails are narrow in places and quite bumpy underfoot. Time isn’t the most important factor when running Bewl. Soaking up your surroundings and embracing those moments of pure beauty is what it’s all about. This is what running gives us.

As for the race organisation it was first class. Loads of water stops around the course and sponges on hand, to cover your sunglasses in drops of water, so you can’t see where you are going for the next mile. To be fair if you are a big enough nobhead to wear sunglasses on a cloudy day then you deserve what you get. No offence to the other runner wearing sunglasses.

I was impressed with the medal. We got a nice t-shirt (I’ve not even looked at it yet) and a goody bag full of random bits & bobs, which serve no purpose to me whatsoever, including the most disgusting crisps I’ve ever tasted, in fact I still have the taste in my mouth now, some 5 hours later. Lentil crisps they were called, you’ve been warned, don’t even eat one.

All in all a great race. A toughie but I feel proud and the word “Epic” popped into my tired mind on several occasions. Now I just need to decide whether to send my Tinder Match yet another message. After all I was looking pretty cool out there in my matching cap, shorts and totally inappropriate sunglasses.

Enter Bewl 15 next year

#BeARunnur

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