In July 2013 I ran the Bewl 15, a beautiful trail race around Bewl Water, which is a reservoir in Kent. It was easily one of the most beautiful courses I’ve run and has opened my eyes to trail running. Being a trail run with an unusual race distance, I decided not to wear my Garmin and instead chose to enjoy the stunning scenery without worrying too much about my time. Consequently, I enjoyed it much more than other races I’ve done, with the scenery, friendly marshals and refreshments more than making up for the the killer hills and relentless heat.
The organisation of the event was fantastic and nothing was overlooked by the Wadhurst Runners who put on the event. There were bottles of water, sports drinks and sponges along the route and some of the locals even came out with their hoses to try and keep the runners cool! The event was made particularly special by the bagpipe players and a brass band who played at the start and finish of the race, creating a wonderful atmosphere. Even better, was the beer, tea and homemade cake that was given out in abundance to all finishers, a welcome treat on a hot summer’s day.
The Wadhurst Runners put on a fantastic event and I would recommend this race to anyone who enjoys a good atmosphere, attention to detail and to those who would like to try a slightly different style of racing. I’ll definitely be back in 2015!
Although in London I love running around the parks and along the river, there is always the traffic to consider as well as other people. Running in the countryside with no-one else around, without worrying about how fast your are running or what other people are doing, can be so much more liberating and enjoyable. Since the race I have tried to do more trail running and even tried fell running in the Lake District! The terrain can be more difficult and undoubtedly more tiring than road running, but I’m hoping to find more trails to explore this summer.