Boudicca’s Way Adventure

I needed to have a long training run this week, prior to the Compton Downland 40 miler.

The Boudicca Way looked like the ideal trail.

Headed a few miles out of Norwich and tried to find the start. Just past Lakenham on the Stoke Road is where it was supposed to be.

Looking for the start of Boudicca's Way

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Heading over the A47 via a bridge I quickly found the first route marker.

Found Boudicca's Way

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And headed off up the road looking for the next one.

Into Arminghall

Boudicca's Way Adventure – Arminghall Church

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I missed the next marker, but backtracked after it looked like I was getting too close to the B1332.

Finally I was off-road on the trail

Boudicca's Way Adventure – mile 6, finally off-road

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After a mile or so I was back on the road 🙁

Boudicca's Way Adventure

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Then the route ran through a farm yard and onto a track – much better

Boudicca's Way Adventure

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Eventually I reached Shotesham and continued until the Garmin said 10 miles, at which point I headed back to Shotesham and stopped at the local ale house, to top up on drinking water.  While I was there I had a quick bitter shandy, I would have been rude not to…

Refreshments at half way point

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Sufficiently refuelled I retraced my steps and rounded off a 20 mile run in 3:35 (3:19 moving time) at an average pace of 10:43 min/mile

Here’s the “nutrition” I consumed during the run

Boudicca's Way Adventure Nutrition

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Calorie breakdown:

  • Sports bar = 215 cals x 2
  • Sesame bites = 142 cals x 2
  • High 5 energy gel = 80 cals
  • 1 pint bitter shandy = 150(?) cals

Total = 944 cals

This was only just enough, another bar and/or energy gel would have really helped for the last few miles. I also took 1 s-cap per hour.

The off-road sections of this were really nice and for another outing I’ll consider starting at Shotesham instead.

 

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