BY LISA JENKINS
Ormesby Hall’s FREE monthly 10k trail run takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month. Registration is at 8.30am in the tea room, which is accessed from the garden and the run starts at 9am. Race numbers are issued on your first run and then you keep that number forever! Timing is via paper and stopwatches… I don’t think they are even published so be sure to bring your watch/timing device if it is important to you.
It did get busy as there were a lot of first timers; however, the volunteers were very quick, handing over the registration forms and issuing our numbers.
The figure of 8 run starts in front of the hall and turns right to then go behind it. (some big puddles!) We then ran towards a bridge above the A174 before turning left in to a field and turning right up a steep hill. I promise that those who saw my strava elevation, that it wasn’t as bad as it looks but we did walk it, as did plenty of others. Though it was cold and windy, the views from the top of the field were stunning, well worth the climb. The downhill was interesting! The mud was very clarty which made for a less than graceful descent but lots of laughs. After this we were heading back the way we had come, over the bridge again and leading onto the little field, along the path and through the wooded section (that are all included in the cross county route) before heading again for the bridge and field with the hill for the 2nd time. I won’t lie, we didn’t relish the thought of doing it again… we promised ourselves we would keep plodding and walk the hill when we got to it, which we did. This time instead of heading left along the path towards the woods, we turned right onto a cheeky little hill (again, we walked) leading back up to the hall and finish line.
This run has a bit of everything – woodland, parkland, single track paths, loose gravel and, of course, mud!
I’d highly recommend having a go – it is suitable for experienced runners or beginners. The volunteers were very supportive and encouraging, as were the faster runners that ran towards us after the big field with the hill.