A surprisingly dry sky and relatively warm (12C/53F) morning greeted the starters of the 2012 edition of Sweet Go Deep. 14 enthusiastic runners joined for the 8:30 start, including some familiar faces and a even a CFA first timer! To round things out we had an early starter and two later starters, including yours truly to make 17 runners total this year.
In typical club fashion, a few custom distances were recorded this year, including a popular 9km run up to the Old Buck / Baden Powell junction “base-of-the-lollipop” route, while others ran 14km, 18km and 20km versions of the lollipop-shaped course route. The standard 14km option introduced last year proved popular and welcomed a new course record by Jay Jardine at 1hr 46min. James Clarke, with canine partner Stetson, quickly zipped around the 20km standard course in 2:26, taking fewer detours and 30 fewer minutes compared to his time last year. Way to go!
The 9km and 14km runners were all pretty much off the course before the rain finally made its expected appearance, giving the 18km and 20km runners a fair spritzing before the finish. Spirits were high at the post-run get together at Honey Donuts, where recovery was buoyed by hot coffee drinks, iconic chocolate and maple-glazed donuts, and other assorted goodies. Trail Runner magazine subscriptions were won by first-timer Joanna, James (who may read some of the better stories to Stetson), along with Rob, and Carlie. Many others won a chocolatey sweet to take home.
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