EPIC! That’s the only word I have to describe the RunForestRun Drents-Friese Wold trail run. Why? Let me tell you.
It all started with some snowy weather the days leading up to the event. Being the Netherlands, it was not very cold, so most of the snow had disappeared by Saturday. Since the snow had nowhere to go, however, it created massive puddles on the tracks. Awesome!
The day of the run started early. Taking the 06:50 train to Assen, followed by another 30min by bus got me to Appelscha. It was chilly, with temperatures around 3 degrees and a bit of wind as well. And the forecast showed chances of snow during the run. And that’s exactly what happened.
After watching the 46km runners take off, it was our turn to start a 25km run at 10:40. Unlike previous trails, where I would find myself quite far in the back at the start, I took the liberty to be somewhat more at the front. This saves a lot of energy in the beginning not having pass people all the time. Anyway, right from the start it became clear that this trail was going to be muddy, very muddy. The first couple of kilometers everyone was frantically trying to avoid the puddles, but we all knew (and acknowledged) that it was merely postponing the inevitable. Around lake Canada it was time to get soaking wet, as the pictures show. From that moment onwards, avoiding puddles was simply a waste of energy.
Some 17km in the race, snow started falling. We just entered more open, sandy area, so we got the full load of snow. No protection from trees, only us against the wind and snow. Finding the route became a bit harder as well, with snow blocking my view. But it was an amazing experience and it looked really awesome, as you can tell from the pictures. In general, it was a beautiful trail! Very diverse landscapes, really an amazing job done by the organizers!
I managed to complete the race in 2 hours and 7 minutes. It was one of the toughest runs I’ve done so far. The combination of mud, wind, snow, and 25km of running was quite exhausting. But I can’t wait to do it again!