EVENT – Kelly’s Cross Country Challenge – 15th October 2017

Kelly's XC Challenge 2017 Guildford #running #racephoto #sussexsportphotography 10:26:56

Kelly’s Charity Events support charities local to the areas that they serve. They like to work with pro-active charities who work hard within the community to raise funds, enabling them to continue with the vital services they provide. They like to work in partnership and build long lasting relationships with our charities.

I have been lucky enough to do a couple of Instagram Takeovers on Kelly’s Charity Events page to show people what I get up to in a day. I also helped to promote this event with our fitness group – ‘Pack Fitness’ and encouraged members to sign up to a great  event to help raise money for Challengers. All money raised would be going to help  the charity Challengers which recently had a devastating fire to their building in Guildford.

The event was taking part in Loseley Park, Guildford. We arrived nice and early on the Sunday morning and the site was already buzzing. The kids race kicked off at 9am with either a 1km or 3km route, after a fun warmup taken by Nick; trainer and owner of Pack Fitness, they were off.


Next there was a choice of 21km, 10km or 5km run or canicross. I thought this was a great choice for such an event and members from Pack Fitness took advantage of this. The weather was brightening up and some blue sky even appeared. The 21km set off first, they had 2 laps to complete. The 10km and 5km set off together and there was a good turnout – its great to see so many people get involved!

Kelly's XC Challenge 2017 Guildford #running #racephoto #sussexsportphotography 10:29:31

The first 3km seemed fairly nice with a mix of terrain and so far not many hills to climb. Having done a lot of speed work recently to try and improve my running, I may have got a little excited and my pace was faster than normal. We hit our first major hill and then down into a woodland track, at this point we were over taking some of the 21km runners who set off before. (Some with headphones on and not noticing people over taking and staying in the middle of the track.) Down this track I managed to roll my ankle and ended up doing a weird hobble run. I got to point where I had to decide if I continue straight ahead to complete the 10Km or I turn left to complete the 5km route. The next day I was grateful for just doing the 5km and not pushing it as my ankle was pretty sore the next day.

I managed to cross the line in 2nd overall and 1st female and just behind me – yes I did IMG_1369beat him – Nick and his dog Bodhi came in 1st for Canicross 5km. The whole of Pack Fitness enjoyed the event and with some great times from everyone.

The marshals around the course was superb and everyone around the event village was so friendly and I would definitely recommend Kelly’s Charity events to anyone – great courses for great causes!!








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