Sidmouth RCs David Skinner battled the chill in Haldon Forest Park run

PUBLISHED: 10:06 24 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:06 24 January 2020

Sidmouth Running Club’s David Skinner after completing the first race of the Winter Series 5k in Haldon Forest. Picture: SRC

Sidmouth Running Club's David Skinner after completing the first race of the Winter Series 5k in Haldon Forest. Picture: SRC

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David Skinner braved the chilly temperatures up in the Haldon Forest on Sunday morning to take part in the first part of a Winter Series, writes Hamish Spence.

Having taken part in several events previously on Haldon Hill and really enjoying them, David could not resist entering the Haldon Forest Winter Series 2020.

Organised by Purple Geko Events, this race was the first of a three-race series with the 10k and 10 mile yet to come.

As competitors arrived for the race, the organisers were clearly concerned about ice along the route.

However, the course was checked and the temperature rose by two degrees, so, with the sun shining those fears evaporated!

The start featured a steep technical descent, which does include some running in the woods and going down steps, which caused a bottleneck.

After the steps the undulations began. It felt, however, that mostly there were long climbs and the final section to the finish really was a long difficult climb.

David came 50th out of 78 runners with his time being 42:54.

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