Becky Clarke tackles the hardest half marathon she has done to date... and she is doing it all over again this May!!
On an icy cold morning in May I ran the toughest half marathon I’ve faced so far. When I say I ran, I really mean I hiked/scrambled/slipped my way up and down the 1364m summit of Mt Oxford. The temperature was in the negatives with frost of the ground and snow on the summit. But with no breeze or clouds in sight we were lucky to get a stunning Canterbury winters day. That made wardrobe decisions tricky with the fingers and toes frozen on the start line but the thought of overheating climbing to the summit. I wore a Primino tee and my favourite arm warmers which didn’t last long with the sun heating us up and giving us that sweaty ‘glow’ we all love so much.
The race regos were a blast with the FurtherFaster Gals giving a hand at the shop.
Once we met up with the 15km competitors the real muddy fun began with unavoidable knee deep mud pools. There was lots of laughter and athletes helping each other through the mud which I love to see as trail running throws you surprises and isn’t always about getting that PB. There was plenty of friendly chat going on as we ran towards the finish line and through a very convenient river crossing. I attempted a sprint finish against another lady I had been following for a while but my legs said no and I plodded my way over the line.
Those who know me know it’s all about the food and the hotdog and chips did not disappoint. Washed down with a cold beer from the FurtherFaster tent I was a happy girl with a bruised butt cheek and a good excuse to get new shoes!
A challenging but achievable day out I highly recommended this event to everyone. Thank you Mt Oxford Odyssey I’ll be back.
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Written by Becky Clarke.