The Winter Warmer in Blackburn is one of the main events run by Blackburn Road Runners.
Last year it was on the Red Rose calendar but this year a few hardy Red Rosers decided to give it another go.
It’s never going to be a PB course with the first 2 miles or so, all uphill to what must be the highest point in Blackburn. The start is in Witton park on the running track, One lap and then the hills begin. In fact, it’s just one hill but it’s a biggie. Unfortunately this must have been the windiest weekend of the year so far and the downhill was also a struggle with the wind in exactly the wrong direction. I can’t remember the last time I had to work so hard to run downhill. This year at least, the weather was clearer so we could at least see the view from the tops. Last year it was too foggy but the effort on the uphill meant that as usual, I couldn’t appreciate it. The finish is reasonably flat with a final lap of the track.
Some building work on the course meant a slight detour in the last mile from last years course, but the marshaling meant no problems.
In fact, this has got to be one of the best organised races I’ve been to. There were plenty of marshals as you would expect, but with pacers, guys with GoPro’s all over the start, during and after the race as well as lots of very efficient helpers, it was all very impressive.
Not an easy course, but very enjoyable