The Two Castles is one of our favourite 10k runs, despite the inclines! There was a great turnout from RR members, both running and supporting en route. Here are some of the comments from our runners:
It was so lovely to see familiar faces before the race and knowing some of you had nerves helped me at the start. I really enjoyed the run even the hills!!! I ran/walked it and was so chuffed that I wasn’t taken out by the marshall for being too slow!!!!!!!!! It was so amazing to have my mum and dad and two daughters and, of course, Olivia at the finish line with huge high fives and even bigger hugs. A huge thank you to everyone at RR, and I do mean everyone. The support from those that run on a Thursday means so much but it’s really lovely that runners I don’t run with give support as well. Thank you to all the leaders who have supported and encouraged me and had so much patience with me!! I couldn’t have done it with out you and, as always, a HUGE shout out to my personal trainer Liv for everything.
Anne was awesome! I loved it (although I thought I might not finish and cried twice thanks to the pain from my broken toe).
Further proof today of the difference it makes being part of Regency Runners – the shared nerves at the start, the company all the way round (which definitely kept me going, thanks Tanya!), and the great support on the course and from afar. It was a PB for me (on any course), which I definitely wouldn’t have done on my own! Thanks ladies xx
My plan was to run with you (Rebecca) to start and then let you go on one of the hills when I ran out of steam but I managed to keep up. And I think it may be a PB for that run! Yay! Thank you. Feeling good x
Not a 10k PB but over two minutes quicker than I’ve run Two Castles before. I think it’s because I have somehow learnt to run up hills.
It was a Two Castles PB for me too!
Very pleased with my 10k PB! And I agree Lina, they were only fairly small inclines really! Thanks so much to Elaine who I ran alongside for quite a few miles. Never dreamt for a moment when I first watched this race in the 1990s that one day I’d run it myself. Thanks so much to everyone at RR! Xx
Have a look at the photos of this and other recent events in our Members’ Photos
Reasons to run a 24hr Endurance Event
Endure24 was a great weekend away and the friendliest 24hr event I have ever done. If anyone fancies running in a team then I would highly recommend this event. It’s not too far away, you can run as a solo, or as a relay … so in a pair (2 in a team), a small team (max 5 in a team) or a large team (max 8 in a team). Obviously there is a possibility you will have to run at night, but this event is on a private estate and the whole course remains marshalled with radios, and with a good head torch it’s actually a really calm and peaceful experience. There are loads of other runners out too and the solos really appreciate the company.
- It’s just like going to Glastonbury but with a running theme.
- Everyone you see smiles and talks to you like you’ve always known them. You’ll probably never see them again but you’ll know where their parents met and what their favourite drink is!
- You come away with a new admiration for people who give up their time to marshal and volunteer. And come and empty the toilets.
- Your head will become clearer than a crisp autumn morning and you’ll come away feeling like you’ve been in therapy!
- The camaraderie between team mates and crew is special; like a promise that will never be forgotten.
- You get to eat ALL the food.
- Never does an ordinary cup of tea taste sooooooooooooooooooooo good!
- You can trade food for toilet roll 🙂
- You get to walk up hills without feeling like a failure.
- You get to run super slow. And it’s perfectly acceptable!
- You become an expert in head torches.
- You’ll understand why nail varnish was invented. (You may lose a toenail. Or two).
- You witness some incredible human beings doing some incredible things.
- And then you realise that yes, they are incredible, but they are just that. Human.
- Then you start to think … “what if???”
I’ve been flirting with the idea of doing an off-road race for awhile. I love the idea of running in the countryside rather than along the roads so thought it was about time I swapped the tarmac for the trail.
A few other ladies from Regency Runners had entered the Ragley Off Road 10k, which was taking place at nearby Ragley Hall, so I decided I’d tag along. I was a bit disappointed, however, to discover that the organisers had changed the route to two laps. I do hate laps.
Registration went really smoothly, which was a surprise as a number of triathlons were taking place at the same time. I have to say I felt chilly just watching the swimmers take to the lake. Anyway, after a number of loo stops (why is is that before a race you think that your bladder has gone into overdrive?), the runners congregated on the lawn outside the tent that had been erected for registration and we were trooped off to the start line. It was a very relaxed atmosphere really and there were so few runners. It felt like a couple hundred.
We were still chatting when the horn blew and I hadn’t even warmed up. I decided not to go mad with this race. I had a baby a year ago and realised that I was wholly under prepared to run a 10k race on the road, never mind off it.
We ran across the grass towards a wood. It was really beautiful running along the woodland path – that is when you managed to look up and not have your eyes constantly on your feet. Out the woods, there was a bit of tarmac before a scramble up to Ragley Hall on gravel. Gravel – what a bloody nightmare, and up a hill. I thought at one point I was running on the spot. Then the route took us round the gardens and through the stables and past the ice house and onto thick, long grass. At this stage I was feeling so strong and keeping up with a fellow Regency Runner Rebecca. I had no idea where this energy was coming from but I was going with it!
But then when we started the second lap, I began to flag. I probably went off to fast. I had to let Rebecca go as I just couldn’t keep up with her. I did end up walking some of the hills although it made me feel a bit better afterwards when Rebbeca’s Strava informed her that we’d done 366ft of climbing. Saying that, while I was puffed out, there were triathletes that were storming past me having just swum in a lake and done a mega cycle!
I have to say, I was really pleased when I saw the finish line in sight. I crossed it in just over 57 minutes. Not my fastest 10k by a long shot but the most scenic and once I caught my breath, I decided that I’ll be back next year to smash that time. Bring on the trails!
Here are some photos thanks to Sorrel: