Only my second Maverick race this year due to injury and work schedule, the long route in the Cotswolds didn’t disappoint.
Props to Maverick Race once more for the awesome event in Gloucestershire last weekend. As part of my build up in fitness and training, I raced with the Maverick Division over the long route up hill and down dale and what fun it was!
Hot mind! With temperatures at around 30c come the 10am start time, the shirt was off almost instantly. Having let 5 or 6 maniacs sprint off for the short and medium route wins, I tried to settle and run steady given the heat and early elevation gain.
After that, just rolled with the punches, took on a little fluid, dodged some sheep and ran at tempo over 15 sweaty miles! The route again provided the best of what the UK outdoors has to offer in terms of countyside and woodland. I ran at a pace where a) i could finish the race and b) take in some of those views.
Ran pretty well, didn’t blow, pipped Kevin O’Reilly for 2nd who must have been overtaken near the end by Will Grace as I was pretty much stalking him the whole race from about 500 yards! Results: Maverick Gloucs Results.
Big shout to batty trail lady, ultra running scandi and TBR graphic design genius Cajsa who’s soon to relocate to Sweden. Bye and happy trails ??
Photos by Sue Hill.