An early race start for Karen Peck as she ran the first Angles Way 100k race put on successfully by Top Day Events. After getting to the race finish in Yarmouth for race briefing at 4.30 am just under 40 runners set off by bus to the start in Diss. Setting off at 6 am in good conditions but rather hot. The trail heads East to Homersfield, Harleston, Earsham, Beccles, Oulton Broad, Somerleyton, Fritton, Belton, Burgh Castle and then 62 miles later running over Haven Bridge to the finish.
The trail was good to follow along the country paths, river paths, across fields and little sections on road. As there were so few of us after about 20 miles or so I was running more on my own catching up people. Plenty of electrolytes fluid and food kept me going well and as I got off a tricky section underfoot between Beccles and Oulton Broad, I pulled away from 3 chaps and was confident on the trail. Andy had met me with a welcome cuppa and Jodie a cheese sandwich later so after the fuel I was still going strong. The last 25 miles were tough in places, but the route is so gorgeous I managed to overcome any tricky points by concentrating on the route and the fact that this route is local training ground. I suffered slightly midway and lost a bit of time through the humidity but felt good for most of the race. I was lucky enough to have a clear run over Haven Bridge as others had to wait while the bridge went up. Although slower than the time I was capable of I was happy with a PB of just under an hour off my previous time. My 15th place bought me in at 14 hours and 19 minutes and 3rd place lady which I hadn't expected but was thrilled with. Ready now for the Suffolk trail festival 24-hour endurance race.
Report by Karen Peck