A Muddy Good Morning – Boconnoc 2009

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Overnight torrential rain and wind, continuing right up until race start, didn’t put off 6 MBH members who travelled up to Boconnoc Estate, near Lostwithiel, for the annual multi terrain, mostly off road, 5 mile run in aid of St Johns Ambulance but ably assisted by St Austell RC.

Sue and I only just made it in time (taking over from Mark O?) as we seemed to somehow leave home a little late, 3 minutes to spare and I was still getting changed, my new Garmin packed up so I’d have to run without a watch! Nancy, Charlie, Sam H, Viv M, Sue and myself toed the line for what was the worst conditions I have known to run this race. I have done this race 5 times now and this was the muddiest, wettest, windiest but more importantly most fun I have ever done it in.
The organisors had to re route part of the course for safety reasons as even the Land Rover got stuck! The mud was so deep that in some places it was over the knees, puddles that looked only a few inches deep became nearly waist deep in places (well for some) it was very slippery slidey but best of all dirty!

130 runners set off around the very beautiful gardens of Boconnoc Estate, the flowers in full bloom and a fantastic scent of bluebells greeted everyone as we went down on the path to the first part of off road – Sam Hill taking it out from the front at the gun, the rest of us flayling behind already – everyone of the MBH runners took a tumble somewhere on course and ended up absolutely caked in mud, Viv twisted his ankle pretty badly – it was some sort of masochistic relief when you reached that last ‘hard’ hill knowing that there was now only flat and slight downhill to the finish.
So how’d we do?

Sam Hill 28.49 2nd overall
myself 33.47 15th overall and 3rd MV
Nancy 35.39 24th overall 3rd lady overall and 2nd FV
Charlie 36.04 28th overall
Viv 40.19 60th

Sue 52.23

Full results HERE

Well Done everyone, I’d still recommend this race to all – I know it’s dirty, and potentially injury prone, but it’s good fun! Special mention goes to Helen, who is Charlie nurse (he’s a dentist remember) who today completed her first ever 5 mile run and first ever race – what a baptism of fire!!

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