Whilst the rest of the Harriers were resting up ahead of the Northern Cross Country event this weekend, Tracey and Michael Dutton were braving the first wave of snowy weather to take part in the Inskip Half near Preston. In her own words:
It was bitterly cold on Sunday, I was praying the snow would stick in Preston, but no snow in sight. I didn’t have man suit on, I had compression socks, leggings, shorts, thermal baselayer, long sleeve top and vest, hat and gloves and was still absolutely frozen!
After 9 mile mark we turned a corner and had a icy wind right at us all the way to the finish. It was a lovely course dead flat through Inskip and surrounding areas. I was struggling with my breathing all the way round and struggling to get under 7minute miling. I finished 1:36:41 which is not good for me, (91st from 317). I have not raced this distance since Wrexham.
Michael did really well 1:57:04. We had a goody bag at the end of a bottle of water, medal, large bar of Aldi chocolate and a woolly hat. The hotpot served up after in the HMS Inskip Marque hit the spot and warmed us both up! Michael suffered with 1 really large blister on the bottom of his foot and kept complaining that his zip had got stuck on his shorts and he couldn’t get is sis gel out for energy.
Well done Duttons!