I had some shiny new trail shoes and a 9 mile trail run on the books. What better place to try them out than on Wimbledon Common? Inspired by Ultraboy, who will be running the Summer Breeze Half Marathon, I decided to recce the course to see how muddy it is.
I printed off the route, studied it hard, and set off.
You might think that following the route would be easy. After all, I run on Wimbledon Common a lot. My running club meets at the Windmill, Beverley Brook used to be part of my run commute and my first ultra was on the Capital Ring. Joining them up would be a piece of cake!
It appears that the space warping wombles that inhabit the common were out enjoying the sunshine. Barring a couple of small detours, the first half was largely okay, but from Fishponds onwards… let’s just say that my map-reading leaves a little bit to be desired.
Is the route muddy? Who knows!
Certainly the route I ran was, though there are long sections of firmish, dryish footing.
And those shiny new trail shoes? They’re not so shiny anymore.