Jan 15 2018

Country To Capital Race Report By Oliver Waugh

I awoke this morning to the noise of Barnes Runners clamoring to hear how the Barnes Three, Meg Heslop, Oliver Waugh and Simon Danciger fared at yesterday’s 10th annual Country to Capital event. Well relaxez vous mes braves all will be revealed.
But first let me talk a bit about the Country to Capital “C2C” for all of you who are unfamiliar with it. The C2C is a 44 mile run from Wendover to Paddington over the Chiltern hills and then following the canals into London. The race has become a firm fixture in the events diary for both marathon and ultra runners. It regularly fields hundreds of runners. Its popularity can be attributed to a number of factors. It is the first event of the year and at only 44 miles a great way to gauge your fitness, blow away the cobwebs caused by seasonal excesses without impeding your year’s marathon training. It is also logistically very straightforward as the finish is close to the rail line that gets you back to the start.
I think that it is fair to say that the Barnes Runners were not in the best of shape. Simon had only just recovered from the Lakes 50. Meg, against advice of doctors, fellow runners, mystics and clairvoyants decided to run the race despite being clearly ill. Oliver was starting to suffer the DTs from his dry January.
Valiantly the runners met up at a pub in Wendover at 8.15 on Saturday morning. Oliver’s condition worsened as he realized that, despite his hopes, no beer was being served before the race started. However the runners did have a chance to catch up with friends they had made form last year’s race and other events.
Despite no rain, the ground was still sodden and hundreds of runners made the first stages rather muddy. The second half along the canal was much easier being flat and dry.
It was a mixed bag of results for the runners. Meg succumbed to her illness at 25 miles and quite wisely retired to recover and fight another day. She made it home safely and is now recovering. Oliver decided to enjoy the rest of the run meeting and chatting to fellow runners. Simon flew the Barnes Runners’ banner by completing the course in a time of 6.53 and winning his age category. An incredible effort given this was his first C2C. Oliver finished with a time of 7.31.
The final results and pictures will be posted shortly and can be found at – htttp://gobeyondultra.co.uk/events/country_to_capital_2018
I hope that we can field a larger team next year and for all those looking to try an Ultra, this is an excellent event to do.

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