mamafox - there was an option of camping in the field, but I did the full board option and slept inside.
emmy - a monster cactus! Sure it's not carnivorous? I though it was going to be one of those you see in supermarkets - about 10cm tall.
Recovering ok thanks. Went for slow runs on Monday and yesterday but will give today a miss. It's everything else that's so tiring - grass cutting, hoovering, tidying and just thinking about how I'm going to declutter . I really enjoyed the 10 days away with very early nights, but working late two evenings per week mucks up a regular routine at home. Must make more effort to get organised .
There were 4 different courses, all multi-terrain, (N -Thetford, W- Bury Parks, S- Wickhambrook and E- Newmarket) which we repeated on days 5 - 8 and then we did S on day 9 and E on day 10. N started off (after a brief downhill) with a horrible bit along a footpath overgrown with brambles and other trippy things (with my falling record I had to walk this and everyone else disappeared into the distance). Rest was ok with a lovely run over heathland and a long trek through very long, straight paths through woodland. W and S runs started the same (through grassy fields and a gloomy rooty path) but then went in different directions : W through woods and estate parks and S through country lanes and a deer farm. E is my favourite as there is a bit more road with just 3 longish woodland paths and not too much long grass. You also get to go through Newmarket and see the racehorses and mega-expensive stud farms. I was pleased that this was chosen for the last day and after ditching my backpack for the day (and wearing a looser sports bra ) I got my best time. My times were pretty consistent (although slightly slower than last years 4 in 4) - I didn't 'pace' myself for ten, I just did the best I could each day. Walked up nearly all the hills, except for the last day when I walked/jogged up them. Times were 5:35, 5:34, 5:27, 5:14 / 5:41, 5:14, 5:24, 5:16 / 5:22, 4:43. Eldest daughter came up (with dog) to meet me on the last day but I'd told her I hoped to come in between 5 and 5 and a half hours and she missed me finishing! All the runners did extremely well (especially Adam who bounced round most days in under 3 hrs) and special mention must go to Rob and Kate who on day 5 pushed a wheelbarrow full of beer can round the whole course - and managed to drink it all before they finished . We were looked after really well by organisers, volunteers etc and there was good camaraderie between runners. Worst bit was that I got stung by a bee on the back of my thigh, but a bonus was that I didn't fall over once . Entries for next year will be opening soon (not sure if I will do it again as it was such a great experience being with the smallish group doing it for the first time this year), but you can do the 4 in 4 challenge or any number of odd days. Well worth it
Hi folks - I'm back after doing ten days in the Great Barrow house . Actually I got back Saturday evening, but spent yesterday shopping, washing clothes, catching up on e-mails/ forum posts and generally pottering around.
Congrats to lily and S3200H on the GNR , to Moore 06 for Kent Coastal and to Iain for the charity cycling. Extra special congrats to mamafox for the pb and for beating Jocelynn . Hope everyone's niggles are sorting themselves out.
I've had a fantastic time - really enjoying the running and the excellent company. 15 of us did all 10 days (9 men, 6 women; 6 from 100MC, 1 other from my own 2nd claim club; 8 I already knew) joined by others doing various numbers of days throughout. Weather was great - if rather on the HOT side - but no rain at all. I slept in the dance/karate studio and was very comfy on my camp bed and inflatable mattress. Plenty of food - help yourself breakie, wide choice for lunch (or whenever you finished running) and a decent evening meal. I didn't do much else but run, shower, eat, rest (and read), chat and sleep with very early bedtimes each night . Had a bit of a sore throat on days 2 and 3, but it went with the help of Strepsils. Unfortunately I then got a very runny nose which is only just starting to ease up - thankfully I took lots of hankies - but it didn't affect the legs! Also had achy quads on day 2 and 3 (unusual for me), but they eased up by day 4 and then I felt good. Other runners had various niggles and some horrendous blisters but still managed to battle through.