Tomorrow, Saturday 9th November, is the 2019 Seagrave Wolds Challenge (SWC) 16 miles endurance event. I entered months ago but am I ready? Not really. Man flu has taken a hold over the last three weeks and has dented both my fitness levels and drained my mental capacity. Plus the weather forecast for tomorrow isn’t good and the underfoot conditions are likely to be worse than in previous years. Reason for the latter is that it seems to have rained every day at some period for the past six weeks. In my local area, which is pretty close to Seagrave, some footpaths have been impassable or to get through involved wading in water that came over my boots! One gear selection area has already been made based on the ambient underfoot conditions – boots! Last year I wore Brooks Ghost 10 training shoes and my feet remained virtually dry throughout the Challenge. This is an unusual occurrence and the terrain conditions in last year’s SWC where the best in the eight years I have entered. No chance of having dry feet this year wearing mesh training shoes. At this point I need to mention that I am a walker who prefers to wear training shoes. So it is going to be cold and the chances of rain gradually increase as the day goes on. Definitely thermals and be prepared to don waterproofs. The 2019 SWC will be my 9th so worth trying at least to finish tomorrow’s event.
Parking update for the 2019 SWC
The usual parking area is waterlogged and unusable. Alternatives parking areas are:
Park Hill: If you are coming from the A46, please exit at the Seagrave Junction (do not come via the Six Hills junction as Paudy lane to Seagrave is currently closed). Drive down Park Hill lane towards Seagrave for just under 0.5 miles and turn left into what was Park Hill Golf Course (or type PWWG+HP into Google maps). You will be directed to the parking area.
British Gypsum: If you are coming from Barrow-on-Soar, Sileby, or Walton-on-the-Wolds, please go to the British Gypsum Works on Paudy Lane (The entrance is less than 0.25 miles from the Paudy Lane cross roads towards Barrow-on Soar) (or type QV6V+58 into google). You will be directed to the parking area.
We will arrange for transport to take you to and from Seagrave Village Hall. Please note that Park Hill and British Gypsum are both active work sites and, for your safety, you must not leave these parking areas on foot.
2018 SWC Roll of Honour
1st to finish was John Orgill in 01:41:39
1st lady Challenger was Fiona Hollingsworth in 02:05:08
1st walker home was Colin Vesty in 03:14:56 (he was also first walker last year)
1st lady walker was Janet Long in 04:00:32
The last Challenger made it back in 05:58:40
Well done to everyone who finished this year’s Challenge.
Some statistics for the 2018 SWC
The event was fully subscribed with 700 registered Challengers
There were 573 runners and 127 walkers.
We had 465 runners and 94 walkers at the start line.
Happily, there were no significant first aid interventions
On a personal note in the 2018 SWC I recorded my fastest time of 4 hours 21 minutes. For the 2019 SWC it is about completing and not competing to try and get a faster time than 2018. Wish me luck.