Following weeks of intense group training and dietary planning, as one of four dhc employees who braved the wet, foreboding woodlands of Wisley and Ockham in November, I thought it would be nice to give a report on how team dhc got on.
The brave participants involved were Simon O'Beirne, Paul Joslin, Matt Garman and myself - Dean James. This was the Pine Ridge 10k run which raises funds for the Princes Trust.
10k was a distance which two of us (myself included) had never attempted before, and for all involved, it proved to be an event that was to test our dedication to the very limit!
Following a rainy few days, the course was wet and marshy, so we knew we'd have extra environmental issues to deal with. On the day, the undulating terrain was scattered with a variety of hazards, including low hanging branches, emerging tree-roots and monstrously muddy puddles. So that coupled with around 600 other participants - all struggling alongside us against the same obstacles, there was a lot to contend with! On the warm-up trek to the starting line, we were separated and so took different starting positions among the bustling masses. The first few kilometres were quite crowded, but when people found their pace, the running order was gradually established as everyone eventually all fell into single file. The four of us having been split up earlier meant there were no opportunities to run with each other, so we all had to dig in deep and call on our training to pace ourselves and hang in there.
I'm very pleased to say that after 10 considerably long, hard-fought kilometres, we all made it to the finishing line within 1 hour. It’s an accomplishment I think we are all very proud of, and there is already talk of what we might tackle next!
Pos Name Time
001 Fastest 0:34:49
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241 Matt 0:52:38
248 Paul 0:53:43
348 Dean 0:56:05
366 Simon 0:56:47
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624 Slowest 1:27:06
From Left to Right...Dean James, Simon O'Beirne, Paul Joslin, Matt Garman.