I had a great day, up at 5am, bacon and eggs, head to the Bike course to marshall, set up on the A6 in Whittle Le Woods, scream and cheer every competitor, ring the cowbell, extra screams for the pirates and people I knew, oh and direct traffic, 99.7% of which were really nice and cool, a couple of dickheads, one who stopped to complain that I had held him up, yet after his discussion with me I reminded him he was held up for 5 minutes instead of the 30 seconds I had slowed him down for.
Thanks to Darren who lived near my marchalling post, who supplied me with coffee and loo facilities, and to the lady fresh out of church that also supplied coffee, lovely, then the moment where Tim stopped to ask me to post on Facebook that he was going to make cut off, the realisation I hadn't seen Holgs, but I had seen a very beaten up Chris Wild, who looked like he had been in a cement mixer.
The the last hour screaming at people and telling them the average MPH they needed to make the cut off, not sure if this helped but I think a lot of them made it through.
The a dash home to change and onto the run course to scream and clap some more, bruised hands from clapping so much, I watched the last people across the line and some more just after cut off. I missed Tim, didn't know about his injuries, next year Tim, smash it then, in all a great day to be out cheering on friends.
Injured knuckles from the cowbell, sore hands from clapping and a lack of voice.....I've already volunteered for next year
Ha, nice ride, no knee issues, what I thought was a sore throat is an ear infection which is giving me toothache...bugger, so can't ride as my balance is shot! I wonder if I get drunk that will sort the balance!
Christ, where to start, been a crap year, been told to stop running as I need a knee replacement of my left knee, full knee as well(46 years old!) I am actually wearing grooves into the bone, all part of playing rugby and getting injured, so I had an op to clean it out in Feb, that took 2 months to recover from and meant I had to cancel the Outlaw half, once recovered from the op I then stretched and tore something in my right knee which is still an issue, but getting slowly better, so I haven't done training this year and have just started cycling again, I'm volunteering at the IM in Bolton so look out for a fat bloke cheering you all on as you go past on the bike route.
Off out for a ride in 2 hours so can't wait, got the all clear to start again without the running.