Cliveden 10K Cross Country Race
The Cliveden Cross Country 10k was a chilly and hilly start to the new year. The race, at the National Trust estate near Maidenhead, is an annual fixture yet I've always manged to miss it up to now. This year was particularly cold and foggy, something I only realised half way into the cycle ride there from home. I arrived with frosted-over gloves and numb hands. I soon warmed up on the course though as the climbs and mud got the pulse going pretty quickly.
The course is 2 roughly similar laps of the estate with a longer 2nd half including a nice run by the Thames. Both laps had a very steep climb up the steps back to the main house which no-one I saw managed to tackle faster than a walk.
First race of the year done and a warm-up for the 45-mile Ultra in mid-Jan.