Training session

The GoodGym, my friend, is blowing in the wind!

13 runners ran 22.0km on a training session in Exeter.

  • Florence Lock
  • Exeter runner
  • Klara Kjellgren
  • Arabella Greatorex
  • Tom Willcocks
  • Samuel Willcocks
  • Joe Willcocks
  • Lisa
  • Pete Hodges
  • Lawrence Schneck
  • Anna Cawrse
  • Tom Tait
  • Nic Walker
Sunday, 8th of December 2019
Led by Klara Kjellgren

14 amazing #GGwinterwarriors came out on Dartmoor and ran 22 k, climbed the highest tor in South West England and got blown away both by the stunning views and the gale force winds! We had sunshine, rain, hail, thunder and lightening and THE BEST TIME EVER!

We all met at 9.15 in Okehampton, a bit nervous and super excited about the adventure ahead off us! After a quick safety talk we set off towards the moors. The first few miles followed a stunning river in woodland and we had to focus a lot on our footwork as the ground was very rocky and slippery. Once we reached the moors the running felt easier and we made our way up to Belstone Tor where we realised that the metoffice probably had been right in issuing a yellow weather warning for wind... we nearly flew away when we reached the top!

Nothing could stop us from continuing though! Up and down the stunning Dartmoor landscape we went, stopping often to take in the views and to refuel. We soon made a steep climb up to Yes Tor where Sam fed us all on the most delicious brownies ever! Thank you! From there we made it over to the highest tor in South West England, High Willhays, where we all added rocks to its already impressive height to increase it.

From there we started our decent down to the valley, thinking the run would get a bit easier... that's when the thunder and lightening storm blew in and the HAIL started! It was so bad at one point we had to crouch down on the ground and huddle up with our backs towards the wind to protect ourselves. Once the worst was over we set off again.. and now we had a new adventure starting.. getting our feet stuck in the boggy mud! I think pretty much everyone of us had our legs down in deep mud up to our knees or more at least once! But we made it, and we made it in high spirits and with fantastic attitude! Back in Okehampton a recovery dip in the river followed by a pub visit was in order, best finish ever to a great day out!

It was a true adventure; 22 amazingly beautiful km covered, in the best company ever! You guys are totally amazing! TRUE #GGwinterwarriors for sure! A very special thank to Samuel for guiding us, keeping us safe and for the homemade medals at the finish. Huge thank you also to Jimmy for back marking, making sure we all made it back. Lawrence, I am so happy you came along, I know you don't like running in the rain! Arabella, I hope this helped you overcome your fear of hail! Nic, I am sure you managed to take in the view! To all of you, THANK YOU for an amazing day! I can't wait for next time!

Report written by Klara Kjellgren

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Lawrence Schneck
Lawrence Schneck
Sunday December 8th, 2019 18:39

Thanks for organising the run. Loved it even when we had a bit rain! Big thanks to Samuel for guiding us and of course the life saver chocolate brownies!!!

Klara Kjellgren
Klara Kjellgren
Sunday December 8th, 2019 19:14

So glad you enjoyed it!! Everyone did amazingly well! Such a good day!

Tim Wells
Tim Wells
Tuesday December 17th, 2019 11:38

That looked like an amazing mission!

Klara Kjellgren
Klara Kjellgren
Saturday December 21st, 2019 15:56

Thank you Tim! It really was a great training run!!

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