Bampton to Tiverton Road Race - Monday 21st April 2014
7 miles, 125 yards (approximate)
Report by Alan Robson
This is one of the oldest road races in the country having first been run in 1946. As I have relatives in the area I decided to combine this race with a family break over the holiday holiday.
The race was held on Easter Monday and the race headquarters were at Tiverton Town Football Club. From the football club we were bused up to the start of the race at Bampton. This give me opportunity to carry out a quick view of the course and note the hills on the course.
As I was warming up I was confident of been the most northerly runner on the course. However these hopes were soon dashed when I spied a Sunderland badge and I got talking to a couple from Consett who were also on holiday and were members of Blackhill Bounders.
The race started at 10.15 outside the White Swan pub and was a traditional on my go type of start (no chip timing here Graham) I paced myself at a steady 7min/mile pace in readiness for the climbs that lie ahead.
The race was run on predominately single carriageway roads which were kept open to live traffic so overtaking could be a bit risky at times. The first serious hill came at four miles and my early conservative pace and hill training paid dividends at this point as I passed several runners. The route gave stunning views of the Exe valley and most be up there with as one of the most scenic runs I have ever done. The local runners were friendly although crowd support was at a minimum throughout the race.
I had a steady run and felt pretty good until mile six where we encountered another hill this was a different beast to the one at mile four and could definitely feel the burn on this one although I pushed hard and made up a couple of places.
The last mile was a crossing of a dual carriageway which was well marshalled through a housing estate into Peoples Park at Tiverton to the finish. I managed a sprint finish to pip someone on the line always satisfying.
My finishing time was around 51 minutes which given that we had a 400 mile drive and a 10K on Good Friday I was quite happy with.
The post race facilities were back at the football club which provided a good base
All in all a good race and would certainly do it again.