Steve B, Steve M and Sam took on the Eyam half marathon on a cool but dry Sunday morning, and a cracking good race it was too. Very well organized and marshaled it starts with a mile loop of the village before you hit the first climb, 400’ in a couple of miles up onto the edge of Abney moor. After a couple more miles of undulation there is a long 800’ descent to the 9 mile marker at Hathersage. A quick turn here and its back up the 800’ in just two miles, this is the toughest part and it’s a real grind up Sir William hill. Once at the top though there is a very fast 400’ drop back into Eyam and the finish line conveniently next to the pub! As road races go this has to rank as one of the best there is, its not easy less than 20 people got under 90 minutes, but it is very picturesque with five different counties on view from the top and you get a real sense of achievement after running this one.
Next years race is on may 19th and I would recommend all Plodders consider giving it a go, especially those disappointed with the cancellation of the Chatsworth 10k which would have been on the same day, Eyam is the same price, twice as long and you get a t-shirt to wear with pride at the end.
Thanks to Simon, Helen & Oz for on the day support, just the boost we all needed at the 8 mile point. A couple of photos here