I took part in the fist Trunce race of 2015. This race has a mix of trail, road and fell. You also run through the River Don 3 times, this is usually about a foot deep and not fast flowing, I would guess its about 15m wide.
How to run the race:
How to get to the venue:
Head for the Wagon and Horses Free House which is at Oxspring, lovely bar and food. Don’t use their car park, use the field at the back of the pub.
It takes about 50 minutes from the Keepmoat but allow perhaps an hour as you will be hitting the M18 / M1 / Other Roads in rush hour. If you have done the South Yorkshire Road League then its the same venue as the Oxspring 5 mile race.
Register to get a number, you keep this number for life. Then pay £1.50 which is the race fee. The race starts at 18:45 so get warmed up and make your way to the start.
The race is quite popular which causes an issue at the start, the track is about 3m wide and the runners line up 10m wide, after 200m you go under a bridge which is quite narrow so if your quick and unless you got a quick start you will be delayed. You are then running on a stone track and its possible to pass people or be passed. This usually has puddles on it, so to pass people you will get wet feet (which is nor a problem).
At about 0.8 miles you have to go over a stile, the front runners (perhaps first 50) will get straight through but after that queues form. Immediately after this you are on the first technical descent, which is not that bad but you have to take care with each step, if its muddy then people will slip and fall including me and you.
At the bottom of this at about 0.9m in is the first River Don crossing, its not bad but the river bed is uneven so you might find some steps are deeper than others. Stepping stones exist but be aware they are slippery and many people fall in to the river so I think its best just to get in and follow the person in front.
Out of the river turn right and you are on a short road stretch for only about 200m, opportunity to accelerate a bit. Then turn left and down some steps on to the fell section. Run down to the River Don and over a footbridge then the worse hill starts. From 1.2 to 1.4 miles you climb about 200 feet, this section also has a couple of stiles in it. Most people have to walk up some or all of this climb.
Then you go down a short sharp hill and follow a rutted track. From 1.8 miles to 2 miles you drop about 200 feet, this is what I consider to be a very technical difficult descent, easy to loose control and fall, very uneven and narrow in places. Having to grab hold of trees to steady you descent.
At the bottom you run through the River Don again, then up to the road and turn left. This is where you have to dig in and try to run as fast as you can, you have 0.6 miles of flattish road. You will run past the steps mentioned 2 paragraphs up and you now run back the way you started, so after 200m turn left, follow the path down to the first river crossing and run back through the river. Then climbing up quite a challenging hill muddy path that you run down earlier. Most people have to walk some of it. Most people will slip and fall.
At the top follow the farm track back to the start (which is now the finish), pick up the pace as best you can and 400m from the finish you have a down hill finish so try your best.
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