(it's not the same if you're not thigh-deep in water!)
...and I've just checked - in 2012 there were 561 finishers, 2013 - 408 finishers, (I can't find the results for 2014 at the moment) and this year only 178 finishers. Maybe they need to do something to bring the numbers back up again!
Hi Roderic. It was still a lovely run this year, but the channel crossings were virtually non-existent (not much more than ankle deep) and the route was just a 13.1 mile loop out into the bay and back. Also the medal is the same as the other three I've got as were the t-shirts (neither of which specify the year). As I said above I really wouldn't mind paying more for it to actually go across the bay again, and for a better medal and optional t-shirt. There was a feedback survey on the Cancer Care website so I've put my thoughts on there (for what they're worth). No info on the website as to dates for next year, or what the route might be; hopefully others will also be asking for it to go back to its pervious format. I'll still keep doing it each year though (legs permitting!), it's for a great cause and remains a pretty unique experience.
I've done this great race the last 3 years, and was really looking forward to it again this year. But woe is me! This year it doesn't go across the bay - it starts and finishes in Flookburgh (presumably going out halfway then back again, but that isn't clear). I know one year they had to do this due to the conditions, and I know there's a cost saving to the organisers (and probably therefore more money to the charity), but the big attraction of the event is that it crosses the bay, and goes from one county to another. I don't know what others think, but I would happily pay more in the future if it means restoring the 'Cross Bay' to its former glory.
For the last month I've noticed pain on the top of my big toe - on/around the loint between the end part of the toe and the next bit (I don't know the technical terms). It's mostly on the left foot but very slightly on the right too, and feels like bruising, but no swelling or discoloration.
The fact that it's both feet makes me a bit more concerned. Did a 10k on Saturday and definitely worse the next day. I have two theories : 1) It's since I started wearing some new trainers (though I didn't wear them for said 10k), 2) It's the first signs of arthritis.
If it is bursitis could take a while to get back to normal. I started getting hip soreness after my first marathon last October, then took a tumble on ice in January and landed smack bang on that hip. Queue weeks of severe pain and referral to physio - who diagnosed bursitis), advised not run at all. After about 3 months of physio, including ultrasound and twice daily stretches and ice (and secretly still jogging - against physio's advice) it got to be loads better, but still not 100% even 6 months on - still about 30 seconds/mile slower than I was
Best to get it checked out asap. Can take weeks or more to get a physio referral via doctor so the sooner the better really. In the meantime rest if you can, find some suitable stretches online and ice it regularly for about 15-20 minutes a couple of times a day. Take anti-inflammatories (they do help a bit) by all means, but ultimately it'll respond best to physio treatment and rest (which I know can be hard to do but you have to think long term).