Oh calamity. The morning started bright and sunny and 16 us from Bristol Nordic Walking piled into cars and headed to Cosmeston Country Park, Cardiff, for the fourth ever UK Nordic Walking Challenge Event. We’ve had plenty of success in the past – PBs broken and medals won. We were hoping for more of the same – especially with so many of our walkers on top walking fitness and form. But sunshine and heat (and some equally searing lap times) turned into cloud, wind, rain and then – yes – thunder and lightening. Just one clap, but it was massive.