Friday morning set off and managed a beer at 11am before our slot on the tunnel. Arrived safely in Ypres and after going to the menin gate for the daily ceremony of remembrance we hit the bar where my husband decided cocktails were a good idea..... Bleugh.
saturday had to register in Nieupoort and struggled to find the fishminje (ever after called fish minge much to my dads amusement). picked up 9 marathon packs and vests and then visited the tine cot cemetary, the Welsh memorial and the german cemetary - very moving.
Up at 6am for breakfast and caught the bus to the start...
10am we were off - it was chipped but no mat at the start so guess it was just gun to chip finish. The weather was ok at this point and i felt good so stuck with a few club mates and got to half way in 1:55...... Knew i was pushing it and very quickly the sun got very warm and i started flagging, splits dropped to 9mm then 9.5mm and by 16 miles i was having worries about sunstroke..... My lovely hubby greeted me about here with a gang from the club but they were all on the beer and i snapped at him for not even having a drink for me. thankfully my Dad was only 50 yds on and had salted peanuts and water. I chugged it all down and set off trying to calculate what mile splits i needed to hit 4hrs, or 4.05 or even 4.10.... Getting slower......
Peace Marathon starts in Niewport on the coast (i think) and finishes in the square at Ypres after running through the menin gate. Each runner has the name of a fallen soldier on their number to remember the many sacrifices made there.
Off to bed now for an early start, not taking phone or ipad so will do race report on tuesday!
Cotswold 226 is currently the top of my list for my first attempt- if they bring it forward then less time to train.... Eek! Should have the running legs after my mara this weekend but still havent actually biked more than 30 miles and wetsuit hasnt seen action since chatsworth in july. Heyho its doable right?
Alibear - hope you find something.
rpitch- Echo for Cakes advice, it is hard easing off but if you try to stick to your plan through illness you could end up out of action even longer.