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Bog & Bryn

The Bog & Bryn race is part of the Welsh Fell Runners Association calendar and a +13 mile loop in the valleys of Cwmbran Wales. Stuck for an event at the weekend I thought I’d give it a go as it promised to be a tough hilly course with plenty of mud thrown in.

I was not disappointed and set off on one of the hottest November days on record into the beautiful Welsh countryside – a little apprehensive as it seemed the majority of my fellow runners were in club vests which told me there were some seriously keen runners taking part!

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We set off at s quick pace and within a few minutes we started our first ascent up a vey steep muddy hill. It was hands on knees stuff and as I was not fully warmed up yet I certainly felt it in my heart and lungs! From the website I knew roughly to expect and the fact that this first hill was a small one didn’t bode well. We were then into a stage of fields which were pretty tough under foot owing to the herd of cows occupying them but my trusty Inov8 X-talons held up pretty well and stopped me from falling on my arse or turning on my ankles.

Once warmed up I really started to enjoy the race and managed to stay with a fairly quick pack of runners, the weather was beautiful and the Welsh country side equally lovely – a great way to spend a Sunday.

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After about 9/10 miles (felt longer) we hit the biggest hill which seemed to drag on and on and at that moment I was conscious of my baby inspired lack of training and sleep! But no better way to brush the cobwebs off than with a tough race. I reached the final ascent and it was a fast decent back into the town. My legs had been begging me for this following the long ascent but I think the Zero point compression socks  helped ease the pain on my calves going up and my 2XU compression shorts helped my quads on the fast descent. Once into the town is was a fast dash down the canal and back to the start where I was very pleased to be finally finished and in 24th overall.

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I’d recommend the race and at £14 it was great value; with a good bit of food and a very nice mug to keep at the end. This type of event is fantastic training as it really works the cardiovascular system whilst working and strengthening feet and legs.

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