On 24th June, I headed out to Henley-in-Arden with fellow Spa Striders to take part in the Arden 9. 9 miles isn't really a common distance to race over, so it would be a guaranteed PB if nothing else! I set off at what felt a comfortable pace and was feeling good. It was a lovely route through quiet country roads - I think 9 miles is a good distance to race over. Not the speed and pressure of a 10k, but speedier than a half marathon - I really enjoyed it. I was hoping to go under the hour, but a muddy section around the lake towards the end put a stop to that. I finished 6th woman in 60.37. At the end we were presented with a nice medal and a banana and I really enjoyed cheering on the Spa Striders as they came in. A really good team atmosphere!