Hate it? Well yes. It is my annual punishment sufferfest as the course is flat and fast making it totally unsuitable for an ageing plodder who has rarely done sufficient training. It always hurts. My foot also hates the hard surfaces of many of the tracks and especially the efforts made by some fool who tipped aggregate along a nice muddy path.
|Have never seen this in Wentworth before|
|Despite the notice this seems the usual sight here|
|Briefing before 7am start|
|Sharon the RO supervising Steve handing out dibbers|
|No 243- she made it just|
|At the start- I was soon feeling over dressed|
|Ken smiling and flying|
|Rory and Ken- two lovely super fast men|
|Langfold lake and smiling|
So Thanks to Kevin for his company, to Sharon and all the organisers etc as usual, to Kevin H for helping Sabrina,
Biggest thanks go to Bob who injured had gone for a bike ride instead of running but then made sure he was back to try to get runners to take spot prizes, to get my shower stuff from the van which was down on the beach and to help with all the flags and banners.
The 'new' venue for the race is great in many ways BUT... instead of doing the nasty road and cycle path in the dark when you are full of adrenaline it instead comes at the end in the heat of the late afternoon when each roundabout seems like just one too far and too many.
So 3rd woman in 9hrs 04 just 4 minutes behind Elly but a whole hour plus behind Sabrina. Hindsight is an amazing thing... If I had managed to persuade my body to try and got the 9 hours I wouldn't have made any impact on Sabrina who was within 10 mins of the women's record but I would have overtaken Hayley to be 2nd in the RF series. The men's points were also dented when the local runner Ben lowered his own record to 5 hrs 57 - yes for 50 miles with some mud.