Thanks for the kind thoughts folks. Being in pain every day for 6 months, pah.
TAR I live beside the route of the coastal race so will be there in some capacity - likely to be jogging round with no time goal, perhaps with Minni if she's not in superwoman mode. You are most welcome to join me/us and enjoy the scenery. As for places to stay, if you want to be on the coast then Beadnell, Low Newton, Embleton, Craster will do the job. As will Alnmouth where the race finishes. Lovely up round Bamburgh too. Further inland, Alnwick is the main centre with good access to the area. If you were planning to camp, Beadnell has a site walking distance from the race start. Good seafood locally too - the new Portuguese-style place next to the smoker in Craster is worth a visit - ditto the fish place by Amble harbour - and the Swallow smokery/fish shop in Seahouses.
Been lurking on the bench for a bit but noting many quality efforts by you lot, good stuff and very inspiring. Esp Birch - you are one relentless runner; CC - multiple champion; Blisters - 'ard as nails. Madbark - top banana, if a little crackers.
Nice blood story Gul .
Slokey - heck, seriously hard core - cojones, guts, everything says you are just legend.
Welcome Rodeo, great determination shown for which congrats are in order.
BI good to see you training already for the down run - have also DM'd you. Lorenzo - are you not tempted???
Now on 47 maras + 13 ultras but worried that Madbark will overtake that very soon...
Injury update isn't good. Despite Comrades, most of the problems have settled down and it now appears that the final underlying issue could be a torn meniscus. TP the Terrifying Physio has told me to foam roller and stretch it for a few weeks then go to the GP to ask for MRI/arthroscopy. I'm sure some of you have had torn meniscus and I'd very much appreciate your insight. It's been a really c*ap year and I'm still on the point of giving up running altogether.
Well having scraped round for a back to back with a badly disintegrating body, that should be it. Done & dusted. Finito. Never again. But all I want to do is go back for no.3 and try to perform a lot better. Hope to see you all there....