Berko Fun Run 3rd March 2019
What goes up must come down………fortunately.
Berko 5 mile fun run is the unofficial start of the club racing season. Come rain or shine over the years the club has provided a good contingent for the fun run and 2019 was no different with 13 members of the club joining in.
This year it was rain from the start of the run which continued throughout the event. But rain is no barrier to a Watford Running Sister and everyone started with a smile as can be seen from the photos kindly taken by Amanda who came along with Liz to cheer us on.
The run route starts at Cricket Club in Berko, goes past the castle ruins and Berkhamsted school to get to the High Street and London Road all very gentle, flat and deceptive. After the 1 mile marker an innocent left turn into Bullbeggars Lane is the start of THE HILL. There is no denying it is one serious challenging hill but everyone got up to the top still smiling (well they were when they got to the top) jelly babies and the water station at the top helped.
Once the hill is conquered there is a flattish part towards Potten End then Oh JOY its downhill all the way back to cricket club. The views over the Chilterns both on the uphill and downhill are beautiful and make this a very lovely run. As we start the downhill we heard the pounding footsteps of the half marathon runners as at this point the two runs merge. They did not seem to be having a chat as most of us were.
Pretty soon we were turning into the cricket club again and the glorious FINISH sign so we try and squeeze out a bit extra speed for the finish cheered on by the crowd.
As you can see two of the members Maria and Pam are still smiling as they approached the end of the run.
Afterwards some of us went to a local coffee shop for a light lunch and agreed it had indeed been a fun morning. Times don’t matter - fun and friendship do.
This is a really well organised run with free car parking, chip timing, plenty of toilets, baggage drop and lovely finisher’s medals. If you would like to give it a go next year put the 1st Sunday in March in your diary now.
(Race report by Barbara)