Fantastic running from all our London Shadies . And pb's too with great times and lovely reports. You must be feeling (very rightly) pleased and proud.
Both daughters have been inspired by London. Older one wants to go back (she did it a few years ago) and get a better time. Younger one (who is very fit) spectated at the corner of The Mall - she and her friend loved the atmosphere so much they want to run it for charity.
I really admire the lady who won after falling, jumping up immediately and pushing on. When I fall over I lay there looking pathetic until someone picks me up
Big G and Ian - sorry to hear about your injury/asthma. Just take it easy and concentrate on getting well again.
'Valleys and Views' near Corby for me while everyone else was pounding the streets of London. Well not quite everyone as there were quite a few people I knew who had decided to run an 'alternative' and I had the company of two lovely men for the whole of the event (bonus was that they had both done this last year so we didn't get lost). I might have guessed from the name that this would not be flat - plenty of hills and some magnificent views. Very cold to start, with a biting wind, it warmed enough by midway for me to remove my jacket but I was glad I still had a LS AND a SS tee on. Ground was surprisingly hard with only one section of mud. Lots of lambs and calves - I made sure to stick close to my companions when we had to pass close to the cows. Usual walk up the hills/undulations and trot along the rest, with 3 checkpoints for a breather and a piece of cake or banana. Finished in 6:14and sat chatting for a while before heading home and catching the London highlights. Great day out and a bargain at only £4 .
mamafox - thanks for your kind words. Nice country rambles are definitely the best kind of marathon . Hope your niggles clear up soon.
Big G - no, I haven't taken up a place in London - although I did promise my daughter that if I could get a GFA place in 4 years time I might (but 4 yrs is a long time and who knows what we will be doing then). Born and bred in London so I actually don't even like the place - and all those crowds make it seem like my idea of a nightmare .
Shades - I've done the Boston (Lincs) event for the past 2 years. Really enjoyed it but thinking of doing a long walk instead that weekend (and also thinking that I couldn't better last year anyway).
GOOD LUCK to our London Shadies. Have fun and enjoy
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.... then decided against a shower, put my hoodie on over my damp top, hung around for a short while then drove home. Coffee, a hot shower and an hour's nap had me feeling 'not too bad'. Felt wiped out on Monday but managed Tai Chi and a very short, slow recovery run. Had a lovely run/walk/chat with a friend for 8 miles yesterday followed by a visit to see the grandchildren. Too tired to do anything today .
Louey - I second what Shades said about Mablethorpe. Very well organised, friendly and flat. I've signed up again, even though it's a bit far (for me, Shades manages these long car journeys with ease). There is also Kent Coastal on Sept 4th and there was talk about a marathon in Southend on Oct 9th but I haven't heard anything more about that.
Fantastic running from our Brighton Shadies. Well done .
Steve - great report. I loved reading that. You sounded so positive and strong and ended up with a brilliant time
Shades - well done on Great Welsh marathon . I think we did part of that course when I ran Born to Run last year. It was very exposed and extremely windy on the coastal bit.
Bungay isn't really one of my favourites - but I have done it 5 times now . The organisation and support throughout is very good, but they've now moved the car park from the field next to race HQ and dotted them around the town. Means a 10/15 min walk (with heavy bag) to the start and of course a rather longer walk back with aching legs and an extra goody bag afterwards. But at least there are plenty of spaces. This race is always tough because of the hills at the beginning, but it can also be quite fast.
Started off Sunday by scraping the ice off the windscreen and when I got to Bungay after 2 hours it was still very cold, so opted for long sleeves and 3/4 tights again. Met up with the usual crew and soon we set off up the first hill. The first mile always takes much longer than expected and then the splits are uneven for the first 7 miles as it's constantly up and then down . Kept running at a good pace though and decided to just hit the button on my stopwatch at the mile markers but not to take any notice of the time and to run on feel. The sun came out and I got rather warm and rolled up my sleeves. Then it became cloudy with a better temperature for running. One or two spots of rain (one forecast had said rain all day!) and then sunny again. The 2nd half of the each lap is flattish but can seem longer than the first. Went through halfway with the half marathoners all lined up to start and managed to get to mile 14 before the front runners whizzed past. They are always so supportive (even though most of them look about 12 years old ). Kept going up and down hills on the second lap, although I found the second to last hill very tough. Thought I might nip behind a bush, but the places I'd noted on the first lap now had supporters or cars there . Back onto the flat part and I got a sharp stomach cramp for a short while and so decided not to look for a bush as I might be there for too long . Best just to get to the end! Cramp eased up but I was definitely flagging now and also stopped at a couple of water stations as I can't even walk and drink, let alone keep running and drink. But at mile 22 we had an interesting diversion which made us forget our fatigue. A hailstorm - a torrential hailstorm with huge sharp hailstones which soon turned the country lanes into streams and had runners in vests muttering 'Ouch, ouch'. It stopped suddenly and the sun came out again just before we got to the unmade cycle track for the last two miles. I was passing a few runners now as they slowed down. My body ached and my legs were screaming 'walk' but I knew if I stopped I wouldn't get going again. A final push round the corner - just to keep going, not to go any faster - and what seemed like an eternity for the last 300 yds. Crossed the line in chip time of 3:57:45 so really pleased . After sitting for an extra long time after my chip was cut off, I made for the loo, th
Good luck to Shades at Llanelli and to Louey, Steve and Catalin at Brighton. Hope the weather is good with not too much wind / sun/ rain etc
I was meant to be having an easy week this week, but somehow managed to enter Bungay . Weather here is rubbish - after Spring sunshine last weekend we've had loads of rain (I got soaked through yesterday ) and today it's even cold. Bonus yesterday was that I saw 2 Roman snails along the disused railway (there were lots a couple of years back, but none at all last year). Last Saturday I saw a weasel just about to cross a path in front of me - he stopped and we just stood looking at each other for a couple of minutes before he scuttled back into the bushes. That's the great thing about off-road marathons - time to look around and enjoy the countryside .