And it's RACE WEEKEND! This is what it is all about. After the recceing, planning and preparing finally the race is on.
The last few weeks before the race are all about making sure we don't forget something - kit, dibbers, maps, all the equipment, baking cakes, cooking soup, testing, etc.
Then after work on Friday evening up to the Lakes. We took our motorhome. Luckily Coniston CAMC campsite was open.
Several people helped setting out controls. We set out 7 controls close to Coniston on Saturday. The weather was great. A nice team dinner on the Saturday night and then early to bed for race day.
5 am, time to get up and go to registration. Set everything up and then, here they come a steady stream of runners, many familiar faces to us. And then race is off!
After the wet British Summer it was nice to organise a race again. Early in the Summer we had to take the decision to cancel the Kong Mountain Trial, we just couldn't get the permission organised and again the costs given the distance to Scotland was too high to continue.
The September race was on home territory, the Peak District. This time on the moors around Bradfield and the nearby reservoirs. Recceing was nice with the heather fully blooming given a purple colour across the moors and so many blueberries to eat.
For race weekend we took our motorhome again and teamed up with some other villagers who also had a camper van and helped out on race day (thank you Chris & Ann!).
The race went very well and we had a decent turn out. After the race we had a nice dinner in Bradfield with the team.
It's February 2023 already, the dreaded January month has passed and we are full on planning for the first race of the 2023 Series.
We enjoyed Wales end November. Quite a special area with all the quarries, caves, big sink holes. And it will be great to see everybody again in March.
The recceing has been done, the area (Coniston in the Lakes) is announced, the website and SI Entries are ready for 2023 entries, marketing is in progress, the map is made and printed, cakes and soup making is in progress and the SI timing equipment is ordered.
It is always a lot of work to put up these events, but we like being out there to recce for the races and race weekend is special. Nice to set out and collect controls, but special is always seeing the big smiles and familiar faces!
The recceing is now done for the North Wales race from Dolgellau. Both the families had excellent weather in their respective recce weekends, unbelievable in Wales!
Dolgellau is a nice historic town and the Cadair Idris Nature reserve is beautiful, specially with the sun out. An impressive mountain range, lots of lakes, but also we found it incredible examples of tussocks. A short cut costed us an extra 1.5 hours to get down the mountain - not to be repeated!
Also some big news. After 9 years and 40 races we have decided to stop organising our races - both the Kong Mountain Marathon and the Kong Mini Mountain Marathons.
We had an amazing time organising these, but they are also incredibly time consuming and it is time to hopefully hand them over to someone with new energy!