Upton Country Park is a green and wooded space on the edge of Poole Harbour, in the grounds of the regal Upton House. Running wise, the series comprises six races spread out from May through June, July, August and Sept.
With exactly the same route each time (the organisers used to alternate venues) entrants begin what is a double loop in the gravel car park. The course immediately winds down a wooded path, swing round across a wooden walkway over marsh land and back in to the woods towards the starting location – then do it all again!
This is one of our Championship races and it is organised by local club, Poole Runners, so there was a good turn out – 150 people on a Friday evening!
I managed to knock about 25 seconds off my best time last year, complete ing the 3.5 miles in 21:48, but I’d like to be in the low 21′s by the final race in August…