steve - well done on your parkrun, that's a speedy time . Which marathon are you targeting?
Big G - I think you'll be a very good committee member (and you'll enjoy it too - I hope). Will you have a special responsibility?
Daughter came in after dog walking at 6.30 this morning, saying it's freezing out there and there's a really strong wind, but they (ie the weather forecasters) have said that snow's been cancelled. Huh . I drove her to the stables and within 5 mins of setting off it started snowing. I dropped her off and carried on to work, by which time the flakes were huge and thick. Went through a village on top of a rise and it was settling on the pavements and the windscreen wipers were doing double speed. 5mins later I dropped down to work place and it was just sleet . Dry now but so cold
I've been running THREE times today . 40 mins early this morning while eldest daughter was at the stables, then a friend and I had a lovely run though the woods even though it was raining. This evening I had to go to the club to drop off tombola stuff so did another run. All easy runs though . In between I took the dog out and we got caught in a torrential downpour. To make things worse we also got splashed by a too close car - I was soaked up to my thighs but poor dog took the brunt, the water just rose up and came down on him like someone was emptying a bucket. The look on his face was priceless .
mamafox - congratulations, fantastic time Looking forward to the race report.
Iain - hope you are ok after your bike accident.
Big G - just one star
slowkoala - well done on your 30th parkrun
Steve - well done on the 10 miler , faster time is just beckoning.
If anyone is looking for a fast, flat 10 miler I can recommend Fenland 10 in Wisbech. Can be a bit challenging if windy but good times can still be had. In October though so you'll have to wait until next year .
A20 Paths and Downs at the weekend. Managed to drive over the bridge ok. There was a 30mph limit but I avoided looking at the horribly low barriers. I forgot how hilly the run was and that a lot of it was on a narrow, very poor surface path next to the A20 complete with close, speeding cars and noisy motorbikes. Some nice running on country lanes and a good view from the top. Got rather warm but the very strong wind helped to cool me down. Found it very hard and finished in 4:35. Not one of my favourites. MG also there and did a cracking time. He said it was one of his favourites and much better and so much easier than Norfolk - I thought it the complete opposite .
slowkoala - the coast path around Cley and Blakeney was exceptionally busy, especially given the weather. There were lone walkers, couples, families, walking groups, dog walkers, fishermen and birdwatchers with binoculars, telescopes and cameras but I didn't spot any teenagers! Needless to say the shingle hills were relatively deserted .
Good luck mamafox
I'm off to run the A20 on Sunday (the race not the road, although that's where it starts). That means I have to cross THE BRIDGE in this wind . Do they ever close it and go through the tunnel I wonder?
Shades - are you not running the Cornish?
Looks like eldest daughter's jeep is almost dead. If the garage can get it going again it won't be ready for about a week . This morning instead of sitting in the car - reading and dozing and getting cold while my daughter 'did' her horse - I actually went for a run through the village. Very nice except that after about 30 mins my tummy reminded me why I like to have breakfast and 'settle' before running! Daughter and another teacher are having a sleep over for their classes at school tonight. They are doing outdoor stuff all day and finishing with a walk at dusk/dark before eating and sleeping. I thought I took too much gear when going to races but that's nothing compared to what she took for the 'overnight' .
I had a lovely weekend away in north Norfolk. Drove up on Friday and so busy listening to the radio that I was almost at Cambridge before remembering I didn't want to go there . A quick nip down the M11 and I rejoined my planned route and arrived about 5.30. A lovely b&b, beautifully new and clean and looked like it had been done by an interior designer.
Saturday arrived with lots of rain and gale force winds which nearly knocked me over a couple of times later when running. We started by going down a shortish, steep hill then a run through Sheringham Park on muddy paths before heading to the coast and a mile or two of undulating grassy tracks. I don't mind the cliffs here at all as you are never too close and they are not very high anyway (break a leg rather than be smashed to smithereens). Then we came to the shingle hills - as one runner remarked it was rather novel and enjoyable for about 5 minutes! You could stick to the shingle or keep close to the fence and a mix of shingle and grassy bog. After 2 miles there was a checkpoint and then another 2 miles of shingle. At this point almost everyone dropped down to the beach where there was a thin strip of sand. There were still lots of stones and a slight camber but it made the 'running' a little easier. Then we followed the coast path slightly inland along a muddy, slippy raised bank (with occasional respites of hard packed earth) which twisted and turned through Cley and Blakeney before reaching the 2nd checkpoint at half way. We then turned round and ran back along the same route ensuring we left the beach at the right time to call in at the first checkpoint again. (One runner didn't and he ran along the beach until he got to Sheringham - a couple of miles past where he should have turned off the coast path!!). It was good to be able to check off the landmarks going back. A stagger up the short, steep hill and an extra bit to the finish. I was rather muddy, wet, tired and felt like the soles of my feet had been pummelled by a meat tenderiser. Rather tough but strangely enjoyable . After some coke (drink), biscuits and coffee I had a short drive back to the b&b and a good night's sleep.
On Sunday I returned and did it all over again . The rain had eased although the winds were still as strong and the mud was even slippier. Finished in 5:45 on Saturday. I was trying to take it a bit easier on Sunday but ended up doing 5:48. One runner said it was the toughest run he'd done and the RD replied 'Well, that's why we're called Challenge Events, not Easy Events.' Very low key, well organised event, lovely countryside and 'interesting' course. Couple of the usual suspects there (including MG) but few women!
Stayed overnight and had a slow drive home on Monday. Hardly through the door and the dog demanded to be taken for a walk .