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August 21: This was my second time running the Radnor Red Steeplechase, but the first time running it officially.  Yes, last year I was a rogue..I arrived late after the race had started, but decided to run it anyway, since I was there and all, and had paid my fee..and had a pretty good time.  It seems that being really really late provided just the incentive I needed to run fast.

This year, I was nice and early..early enough to stop in and visit the horses in the barn, and the hounds, who were barking up a storm, and to gawk at the humongous fox statue.    It occurred to me that actual fox hunts might take place here.  It was hotter than I thought, and I made the mistake of running without a water bottle, thinking “Ah..it’s only a 5K”, but  the obstacles and the humidity took their toll. Speaking of obstacles..it seemed like there were an awful lot of them, and they were, of course, sized for horses instead of 5’3″ humans.  The most challenging ones for me were the things resembling the peaked roof of a submerged house, because I had to sort of balance on the peak before coming down the other side…I’m sure there’s a secret to getting over those things quickly but I haven’t figured it out yet.  But, it was fun, and really different from the usual 5K.

Anyway, I finished second in the age group, but at least a full 3 minutes behind the first place runner.  Oh well.

 

Summary:

Course: Medium-challenging for a 5K, no hills of consequence,  mostly grass, many obstacles

Basics: Started on time, plenty of PP, expect to wait for the kid’s run to finish if you want to stay for awards.

T-shirt: black tech shirt, no girly style, no extra small

Interesting Features: Horses all over the place, kids race after the main event

 

 

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