For this weekend’s long run myself, Zoe and Tina signed up for the Viper 15 Trail run starting and finishing in Admirals Park Chelmsford. There was also a 12 mile option named the grass snake – both very easy to sign up to online via Entry Central at a reasonable cost. Sufficient information was provided on the lead up to the event over email and we arrived in plenty of time to be able to park in the Admiral’s Park free car park 👍🏼. The instructions were sent out through email so it was up to us to get these printed and bring these with us or there was an option to download the map to your phone or watch via Stava or Map my Run. Picking up our numbers was nice and easy without any issues and those who had signed up by a certain date got a t-shirt while others got a cap, an energy bar was also supplied within the bag. Public toilets were close to the start with just a short queue, we then headed up towards base for a short briefing with the 15 miler starting as a mass start at 9:30.
Although we all started together it didn’t take long for the field to spread out leaving the three of us to navigate through the instructions at our party pace. The instructions were well laid out with the mileage on the left and just using one liners meant it was easy to read and work out at what point we should be taking action. We managed to follow these pretty well, until the last mile when we took a wrong turn – luckily enough we came across another runner who was able to point out we were going away from the finish so we did a little turn round (all good for miles in the legs anyway ladies!). I would say that the instructions were great if you know Chelmsford but we don’t know the area too well so road names didn’t mean anything to us – don’t get me wrong the instructions were good enough that we only took 2 wrong turns and over 15 miles that’s really not too bad for us!
The route was lovely, lots of running through woodland which is great especially in this heat as it meant there was plenty of shaded areas. Along with the instructions there was tape out and the odd marshal to help prevent any wrong turns and one water stop which we visited twice (as you come back on yourself). This was great with some jelly sweets and salted pretzels (yum) available on the way out and a bottle of water each on both visits.
At the point of passing the Viper PH we were hoping to be able to take a quick toilet break, however with the pub not being open they did not allow us in which was a bit of a shame. It meant we had to find a suitable place for Zoe to take a stop off, not sure the hornet’s nest was quite the right place for it!! All in all we had such a laugh, a really lovely route with great company and a very enjoyable morning with a medal presented when we crossed the line. Great route, great company and a well organised run – what more could you ask for.
- Always check the area before squatting for a wee 🐝
- Watching Zoe do a crab walk trying to escape from a hornets nest is funny 😂
- When you are reading instructions you need to concentrate 🤓
- Never trust your mates when you are in the lead, they’ll think its funny to hang back 🙄
- Taking time to fuel on the go really helps on longer runs 🍫
- I love running through the woods 🌳🍃🌳