Event – Kingsbury Water Park 10K – 10th Nov 2013
In November we’ll be holding our 4th 10k off-road race at Kingsbury Water Park – a beautiful venue belonging to Warwickshire County Council situated in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside between Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield.
The 10k is an approximate distance due to the nature of the course and is a two lap race following a route that is mainly off road through magnificent scenery. Two laps of footpaths, grass tracks and a short tarmac section twisting around the lakes and pools of the water park, with a section alongside the river. Race start time is 10.30am.
Will runners please note that the distance for this event is an approximate 10k not a measured 10k, this is due to the nature of the terrain and the exact location of the course on the day depending on the weather conditions and other user groups effecting the course, our initial visits this last week have shown us that the usual off road route sections we use are already very churned up and very muddy so we recommend the following tips which may be useful:
- Be alert. If you come to a muddy patch of a trail, slow down and pay attention to where your feet land. Mud can be deceiving: What appears to be a shallow puddle could actually be a deep hole filled with thick mud.
- Tailor your steps to the consistency of the mud or dirt. If your route is soft or very wet mud, you should alter your steps and tread lightly. However, if the route is simply soft dirt or solid mud you can run more or less as you normally would, being aware that wetter, slicker patches could pop up along your route.
- Use your whole body to maintain your balance. Mud is notoriously slippery. Engage your core and use your arms to maintain your balance.
- Run on your toes through the wet patches. Running on your toes forces you to take smaller steps and puts less of your foot in the water or mud. Rely on this step in very wet areas, using your regular steps for the rest of your run.
- Consider running in trail shoes. Trail shoes are often heavier and have deeper, more stabilizing treads, making them a good option for running in sloppy conditions.
- Slow down. Running in mud, soft dirt or wet asphalt requires more energy than running in dry conditions. Give yourself a break and don’t push the pace too much when your route is less than ideal.