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Roman Road Run
Saturday 19th March 2011
Alex Downie

Well, I counted about 13 hills on this 9 1/2 mile course, which means it never stops undulating; such a lovely word...UN-du-lating, so gentle and mellifluous...,yet so horribly hard to race, as those undulations keep on coming.
No matter: CU Hare and Hounds were very friendly and welcoming to the 5-strong C+C contingent. A coach took the assembled motley crew (there were 4 quite venerable members of Cheshire H&H, as well as many young things from the University) from Wilberforce Road to Horseheath, near Linton, and then picked us up from the the vicinity of Worts Causeway at the end of the race.
It was a fantastic day to run, a real good-to-be-alive day, and praise be! the Roman Road was bone dry. However, those rotten Romans never made any concessions to contours, (after all, what did they ever do for us?) and there were no nice enticing curvaceous bends (or blondes!) taking us ROUND the hills, no it was straight up and down all the way. Actually, though, this route has one of my all-time favourite bits of 'Rave Run'...going downhill (natch) at the perfect gradient to really maintain momentum for about 3/4 mile (just before A11 coming from Horseheath and the south, if you know that neck of the woods.) A real foot-stomping romp! Yay!
All 5 C+Cers really enjoyed this race, so, many many thanks to CU H&H for organising it (on top of the Boundary Run, of course.) Personally, I flew this course, obtaining, amazingly at my age, a PB from 7 years ago last and only running of it. But please, please, please don't feel you have to cram the 'Comments' section with congrats!!

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