|Caroline and Paul with their medals|
The race was held in the heart of the Dorset countryside along narrow lanes and through several small villages. Though the route was described as 'undulating' it became apparent later in the morning this was not quite the case.
With the race starting at 10:30am the sun was beginning to feel quite strong on the start line and the gentle breeze was welcome. The first decent climb came after only a mile and thereafter the course provided plenty of ups and downs! The middle of the race was relatively easy going but what was not expected was the ascent at 11.5 miles that lasted a whole mile! A welcome downhill to the finish meant at least there was some energy left for a smile as we crossed the line.
A pint of the local brew rounded off a hard but enjoyable morning. Paul finished the race in a time of 1hr 36min 26secs which he is more than happy with and Caroline completed the course in 1hr 57min 57secs. Afterwards she declared "so pleased to have got to the end of that one, and even happier to have got back in under two hours!"