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Leeds night terror run

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9th Feb, 7pm-8pm

A 6-7 mile run in a dark cold forest in Leeds

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The Leeds Night Terror run took place on Sat 9th February, at 7pm as 161 brave souls lined up on a freezing cold, dark night in the grounds of Harewood House, many in fancy dress (although not for me!). It would have been a magnificent setting for a run around the house and estate, if we could have seen anything in the pitch black forest as we ran around it. It was just as well head torches were mandatory or there would have been many falls, slips and injuries otherwise.


The course was a mixture of terrains with some tarmac roads, forest tracks, cattle grids and downright muddy sections - very few of which were flat! I think this must have been the hilliest course that I have ever run - certainly over a 10k distance (I think it was about 6.5 miles in the end so just over 10k). Thankfully there were no large puddles or bogs, but the main "terror" came from the steep muddy downhill sections - there was just no way to run fast down them without fear of falling face first!


Almost exactly a year ago I ran a 10k in Randburg South Africa, which I thought was a tough course but at least it was a warm evening there (although the drinking until 3am the previous evening may have had something to do with the toughness that night). Thankfully there was no drinking the night before the Terror Run, which led me to be able to run it in a time of 53 mins 32 Seconds, finishing in 34th place. I was quite happy with that given the hills, the cold weather and the fact it was my first run in the dark. Will it be my last though? I guess that depends on what other things I let you lot vote for!


It was fun though, and there are some pictures of the event to look at. I also appreciated the bottles of water given out at the end, along with the T-shirt, but the best freebie was definitely the ice cold can of lager every runner got too - it went down a treat!

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