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Raby Castle - Staindrop Co Durham

10:45am 26th May

A 10K run around the gorgeous grounds of the castle, so lets hope for good weather and a gentle workout for my ankle! No PBs here I reckon!

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Hilly, Hot and Hard Work, is how I would describe the Raby Castle 10k on Sunday. It was fantastic weather and beautiful scenery to run in, if a little bit on the warm side. It has been 10 weeks since I have covered anything further than 5k run, thanks to the injury, and there have only been 3 of those in the last couple of weeks, so it was always going to be slow and steady while I recover some fitness. I needed to get another event into the diary in May however and this was probably the best one. Well organised, easy to get to and a tough challenge, given the steep hills that were involved in the two lap course. My main aim was to get round in a half decent time, with no reaction or pain from the ankle. My official time was 55:07, finishing in 217th place out of 346 runners, so that was ok, and the ankle held up well, although it was a bit sore afterwards, which was only to be expected - and nothing the ice pack couldn't sort. What I didn't expect was the big blister which I sustained instead, which made its presence felt at around the 8k mark. It's unusual as I don't often get blisters from running, but thankfully it wasn't too bad and didn't prevent me from finishing or cause too much pain. It was especially nice to get to the end and be given a bottle of Lucozade sport, a banana and a cupcake - I don't know which one I enjoyed more! I did feel that I had earned them however after climbing those hills! Please take a look at the photographs, as it is truly a stunning location and well worth a visit at any time. I think I will be back to do this run again next year and go for a much faster time!