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#7 Chiltern Hills

4th February 2018
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A chilly morning in the Chilterns was the scene for our 7th social trail run. With another full house of trail junkies we set off into the hills for our social run. Overnight rain had caused conditions underfoot to be tricky the first mile as we navigated the gradual incline on the ridgeway trail towards Pitstone Hill.

With the sun peaking through the trees we crested the first summit and took in the 360 views looking down on our next landmark, Pitstone Windmill. A fast descent through a tree tunnel towards the Windmill the weather took a cold windy turn but it did not deter the 22 Adventurers. We set off again on the toughest part of the run as we climbed 2 kilometres at roughly 5% up towards Steps Hill. As we reached the top we experienced our 3rd weather change of the day, some light snow.

Not willing to hang around and get cold we took the technical trail towards Ivinghoe Beacon, the official start or end of the 140km Ridgeway Path. After taking in the fantastic panoramic landscape we headed off again, in the distance we could see the chalk White Lion of the Dunstable Downs. Another speedy descent to escape the face numbing hail stones we entered an erie forest complete with a muddy staircase, 13% and 200 meters of quad burning steps we reached the top and caught our breath.

The sun made another appearance for the last 3 miles as we took a route through the Ashridge Estate towards the Bridgewater Monument and the finish.

22 runners home safely in just over 2 hours, 17.5 kilometres and nearly 400 metres of elevation, they’ll be some sore muscles in the morning but it would have been worth it.

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Post written by

Tim Mills

Chiltern Hills trail guide

Chilterns local Tim has a background in teaching & coaching as well as holding awards in athletics & orienteering.

He began running seriously 5 years ago after the birth first child, starting with 5k/10k local road races to lose a few extra pounds. Shortly after he signed up for his first trail marathon, deciding that's where running should taking place!

Now his mission is to convert everyone he meets to the beauty of the trails.

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