Camaraderie Rules :-D
For those who think i did not complete the course my photograph is no 187 in the last group of photographs.
There were times i wanted to pull out but getting around the course is no problem, its getting around in comfort that the problem.
I now have 17 coasters and plan to make it 18 next race
Sorry, Stu. Just curious, that's all. But like you say one to forget and move on! You did very well here for 70th position.
Support crews accompanying runners whether on bike or motor vehicle are not allowed. You should report any runners receiving such aid, especially because of the way that other runners are impeded. I think the phrase is "stand and hand" - bystanders can pass drinks, etc.
You OK, Nicola? I don't think you enjoyed your second half too much, did you?
On that theme also sorry to see Dennis Walmsley, former multiple winner of this event, fading badly in the second half to 62nd and 3:15.
BritNick I see you achieved the final target you set yourself, not the one I set you!!
Roger H, if you're there, I also see you vastly exceeded your target!
Keep the reports coming in ...
talking of bikes.looking at the tv pictures the second place guy had a cyclist with him a few times.......the commentary even showed him being giving a drink by him..........I thought this wasn't allowed in races...and although maybe ignored further down theline .not somethiung you would expect futher up the field........
i wish they would put something in the literature because if all 2000 took a cyclist with them it would be chaos.......
such a brilliant race.........my option of vest and shorts was perfect....the armwarmers came off at mile 2 and went back on somwhere around mile 13.............and back off on the final hill................my rain coat was tied around my waist for the whole run and luckily wasn't needed....
managed to run all of the first hill and was ok until about mile 9...........in the last few months I have managed a 9 mile run and 3or 4 of the 4mile runs..............so i knew it was going to be hard.........and from mile 9 to 14ish it was hard....i ran / wlaked and then i seemed to pick up and managed to keep going run wlaking till waunfawr.never walking more than a lampost.........
I did unfortunately lose my buff on the first half of the route...........I am gutted,,,must have been when i was pouring some water on my head to keep cool.......if anyone found an black and orange buff with pictures of runners/ cyclist / and swimmers on i would love to hear as it is from a very special race for me...........
the climb from waunfawr was tough.walked it all but walked some of it backwards so that i could enjoy the stunning views..........and then managed to run the flat and downhill feeling strong which wa s asuprise...............5:17.........pleased tat i finished wiyhout injury and still standing..........
it really is a brilliant race..said hi to a number of you........glad that everyone seemed to have had a good experience....
a lovely gentleman was running up waunfawr whilst i was walking.it was his 417th marathon....wow.what a way to live
T_Rex I think it is safe to say I didnt enjoy the second half very much
My race didnt go to plan....all training had gone well, much better than any other year but hey ho on the day it didnt happen. Had been ill for the two weeks running up to it but thought i was feeling better, obviously not enough. It took one hell of a lot of mental strength just to finish ...I had a few miles where i would happily of jumped in a car if someone had stopped....even thought about sticking my thumb out. Funnily enough it took the last hill to sort me out which i did religiuosly with 20 paces of walk 20 run .... then seeing panad at the very top spurred me on for the free fall down the other side.....
I was very, very happy to finish so the time really was irrelavant ...couldnt even tell you exactly whatt it was.....3:47 something!!! I ended up with a fifth in my catagory and 24th lady .... will have to do a return run now won't I ??
Have to say you were sorely missed ... snod just wasnt quite the same...hope you wife is feeling a little better.
Oh and yes the views were stunning, the sun was out, it was fresh and bracing, there was no mud or water anywhere BUT give me the usual SNOD weather anytime ...
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