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Breathing Space Autumn 10k – Race Report

26th October 2016 Share

By Darryl Cox from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Every year we are all totally astounded by the remarkable lengths people push themselves to in order to raise money to help bumblebees, so when our colleague, Claire, suggested this year (the Trust’s 10th anniversary year) was the ideal time for us to get involved and challenge ourselves to raise some money for bumblebees too – we thought we owed it to all of the amazing fundraisers to give it a go. Before we knew it Claire had enlisted us to join her fundraising efforts and run the Breathing Space 10K in Callander – dressed as bumblebees! She quickly set up a Just Giving fundraising page for team Bumblebods and donations started rolling in. We set a target to try and raise £500 on behalf of the Trust; an amount we agreed would be amazing to be able to raise to help bumblebees.

At the time of writing the amount raised currently stands at a staggering £760.60 (plus £151.25 Gift Aid)! This is absolutely fantastic and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated, helping us smash our target and provide the Trust with essential funds to carry out its important work; protecting bumblebees.

Sadly, before the event Claire suffered a bad knee injury while undergoing her mountain leader training course and was unable to take part.  We are all wishing Claire a speedy recovery – and are extremely grateful for her encouragement and incredible work fundraising.




Unfortunately, Claire’s absence also meant that her newly bought bumblebee suit had to be handed down to one of the team. By this time Helen had already fashioned herself a wonderful Great Yellow bumblebee themed outfit, meaning the bumblebee suit baton had been firmly handed to myself! Luckily the costume was much more wearable than some of the extravagant numbers seen in the London marathon.



Helen, Darryl, plus our bumbledog mascot, Miley.

So last weekend my colleague, Helen, and I, AKA the Bumblebods, joined a hundred or so other participants challenging themselves to run the Breathing Space 10K. It helped that the conditions on Saturday were ideal for running – a cool, bright and crisp autumn morning set against the stunning backdrop of hills, woodlands and the River Tieth. For two rather inexperienced runners like Helen and myself, the course represented a real challenge – the first of which came right at the start. At the sound of the claxon we crossed the starting line, turned right and went over the road, straight on to a steep climb through a woodland path at the foot of the Callander Crags. The incline was unexpected and exhausting. ‘What have we let ourselves in for?’ I seem to remember was the dominant thought at the time.

Once at the top we followed a series of roads down and up and then down again. The course took us through the town, past cheery crowds of spectators, before leading over the river and up to a fork in the road: 10K runners turn left, 5K runners turn right. That right turn was tempting, especially after such a taxing climb over the first kilometre. The only option though, was to power through and meet the next steep climb up into third and fourth kilometres as the course stretched out into the beautiful countryside. Past the halfway point and thankfully the trail took in some gentler downhill slopes throughout the sixth kilometre, leading to a much-needed water stop on the 7K mark. From there we ascended the final slightly kinder inclines, along the hillside and then down on to the home straight – a nice flat kilometre to finish on. Crossing the finishing line was such a rewarding feeling, doing it dressed as a bumblebee is something I will never forget.

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