When I first ran the Flat Cap 5, several years ago I didn’t know what to expect and my memories were having to run uphill at the start and overall a very difficult route. I don’t think I was very fit at the time because I have come to really like the route and find it fun to run.
The race has got some poignant memories for me. When I had heart fibrillation problems (intermittent irregular heartbeat) a few years ago, they came on, just in the evening before we were due to leave. I put on my gear and went to the race all the same, hoping against hope that the episode would pass. Just as everyone was being called to the start area and I had resigned myself to not being able to run, the fibrillations just stopped and I was able to run after all.. I was not however able to run at my full potential and year after year this seemed to be the one event which for me was always spoiled by injury or illness.
Not so this year and finally I was able to enjoy the run and give it my all without any impairments or excuses. I managed to knock a clear two minutes off my previous best time.
This is a running race with a fantastic organisation and atmosphere, the introduction of an outside bar this year was an added bonus and with the amazing weather it was a great evening. It will definitely continue to be a regular in my racing calendar.