Aliveandrunning June 22 2014 Juneathon Day 22

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Who is this hopelessly ice cool dude? Why, it’s me of course. I’m wearing my uber fashionable Hoohaah hoodie allocated to me by the Hoohaah organisers of a series of 10k, 10 miles and half marathons for taking part in 3 of their races. This is my first ever hoodie and it won’t be my last. I might even get myself some shades to wear rather than borrow Lorna’s pair.

I picked it up at the Hoohaah Hatfield Forest 10k this morning. The weather was glorious, albeit a tad hot for running. The course was slightly undulating, over grass and shady forest paths. I stopped at the drink station and walked for half a minute which I think was sensible (I was in sensible mode). Despite being appropriately hydrated I still felt more tired than I expected at the eighth kilometre. I ploughed on, jumping nimbly over the runners laying on their backs gasping, having succumbed  to  the heat. Given that I’ve been cruelly  forced to run every day to satisfy the bloody Juneathon criteria, I was happy with my time. But then controversy broke out big time and I wasn’t the only one sent reeling by the disclosure that the 10k course was actually 10.3k. Not having a GPS device I was unaware of this but various people with Garmins confirmed it. Several of us fainted at this news and others found solace by hiding in their hoodies and  weeping. For myself, I took it like a man and assumed a sardonic smile.

The Hoohaah series is a great addition to the increasing number of paid for runs. Well organised, well marshaled, lovely courses and friendly people putting it on.

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This is what I looked like during the run (I ran with unfolded arms, obviously). Why do I look as if I’m wearing a skirt? (I’m not). You see I have that air of quiet determination and understated strength which allowed me to storm across the finish line after 71 runners who got there first.

 

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2 thoughts on “Aliveandrunning June 22 2014 Juneathon Day 22

  1. Is it really called the hoohaah race? Or did you rename it after all the hoohaah about the extra 300m? Or was it intentionally named hoohaah because the organisers thought that their tape measure wasn’t working? Julie😄

    • You can find them on hoohaah.co.uk. They run a number of races, usually on National Trust land, in Essex,Suffolk and Cambridge. Next one is Wimpole Hall Estate in October, a ten miler and a half marathon. No, there wasn’t actual uproar over the extra distance. This wasn’t an incident that appeared on local news reports. Just dark mutterings. We live on to run another day.

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