So we ended on 12 laps, 10th place in the mixed pairs which I'm gobsmacked about.
For me personally that was 90K (55 miles) and about 11 hours running time (can't say for sure as my watch ran out of battery ). I never thought that would be possible, particularly with no specific endurance training.
I had some great help from some of the guys on the other teams who ran (and walked) with me at various points. That was a massive help.
It was brilliant meeting up with Tigger, Angela, Sarah, Jenf, Clive, RunnyRunRun, Minni, Brolish and all the others.
Looking forward to next year now!
PS. thanks to the person who came over and said they had been following the thread and well done to you for getting your GFA time!
This was our 3rd time at TR24. If you've never heard of it before then you simply have to give it a go because it's a truly awesome event.
It runs from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday and you run laps of a fantastically varied and quite tough 10K trail circuit.
There are teams of 6-8, 3-5, pairs and solo runners. I was running in a pair with Mrs Malcs. This suited us well as I wanted to be able to go and run my laps without impacting on anyone else and Mrs Malcs only wanted to run 2-3.
I did the first lap and then passed the baton to Mrs Malcs for the second. We swapped again for lap 3 but I then came off the course for some refuelling.
It was incredibly hot. I don't know how the solo runners were staying out there.
I left it until about 6pm to go back out. I knew I had time on my hands so there was no point killing myself in the heat. I did another lap then swapped with Mrs Malcs again before returning to take the baton from her again.
By this time it was starting to get dark so I had my head torch with me. However, I'd failed to check the batteries and when I reached the wooded parts I was getting virtually no light. I resorted to trying to follow other people as they came through and this seemed to work. I could then head back to camp to get more batteries.
I took the opportunity to have another little rest and then headed off again. It was 10:30pm so darkness had really settled in now.
My next two laps I did as a double. This took me 2.5 hrs. Up until now I'd been averaging about 1:07 per lap so my pace had dropped.
I returned to camp at 1am for more food and drink. I had a massive craving for a burger and thanks to the 24hr catering my prayers were answered. That was the best cheeseburger I had ever tasted I washed it down with a coffee and felt like a changed man. Well, apart from my legs which, with 60km on them, were now feeling a bit sore.
I went back on course at 3am to attempt another double. I really wanted to beat my total of 7 from last year so this would do it.
The first lap was tough but oddly I found the second one a bit easier. Maybe it was because it was starting to get light again? It was really weird starting that second lap in the dark and finishing in daylight.
Can't tell you how pleased I was to cross the line and bag my 8th lap. Absolutely brilliant feeling.
I went back to camp and got some more food down me. It was 5:30am. Mrs Malcs got up around 7am and went out for another lap at about 9.
I had thought that would be it for me but part of me really wanted to do the final lap and finish at 12 noon.
Well, that part of me won and I headed out for lap 9. I was surprised that it didn't feel any worse than lap 8. Don't get me wrong, it was tough going but the pain seemed to have reached a plateau.
I was definitely helped by the amazing support from fellow runners all round the course. That was the same throughout the race but it was definitely at its peak in this final hour.
Sticky88 - great to hear from you! How did your epic cycle go? Good to hear you haven't jumped ship and are back with the running
Sarah - fabulous running in the heat! Would have been very good practice for TR24. Great to see you there!
ArrowsLou - nooo! I didn't realise you were going to be there. Only just read your message now. Such a shame our paths didn't cross.
Great to hear you're back in action again. It's a shame about Berlin but you're back running and that's the main thing.
So how did you find TR24? Did you try a run in the night? And will you be back for more next year?
Mr P - hope your weekend's running went well!
reikirabbit - so, what have you seen so far in Glasgow? How is the atmosphere there? My mum said it was buzzing when she was last in town.
Hans C - many thanks, I just hope I haven't used up all my luck in one go!
That half iron is creeping up. Sounds like you're in good shape. Definitely have that foot checked. Could be just something small so don't let it get out of hand.
How far now until you get your red jersey?
Stan - that's an awesome performance, well done! You must be very happy with that. I have a feeling Clive might have been at that one too. Remind me where it was again?
Mc Hilly - how did the half go? Great to hear your cycling holiday went well!
chickadeee - ha, I'm sure your mojo will be back sooner than you think!
Bob - many thanks, hope you had a great weekend!
Minni - great to see you too and what an awesome performance by you and the other Thunder Birds! Brilliant enough under normal circumstances but considering your hip problem, the small matter of some idiot smashing into you on your bike and your recent illness that was one hell of a result for you.
reikirabbit - hope those quads improve soon. Strange aches are a real nuisance. Sadly they seem to be all too common amongst we runners.
They have the opening ceremony on in the room next to me. Keep popping my head round the door to see what's happening - all very exciting!
Feral Bob - d'you know I always found bending over when cycling very uncomfortable. Sorry to hear it's turned into something more serious for you but good to know the treatment has had a positive effect.
Like you say, stick to the running!
I did 5 miles in my trail shoes today ahead of TR24 at the weekend. I'm not running tomorrow so next time I set out it'll be midday on Saturday with a 24 hour stretch ahead of me. Can't wait!