TAR sorry to miss you, I did have half an eye open but was overwhelmed by family duties. North Northumberland is indeed a heck of a way from almost anywhere - we can drive 180m south and still be in Yorkshire. But it's the remoteness which keeps it relatively unspoiled.
Moof that is such a bummer after the immense effort you have put in. Commiserations.
Hugely impressed by the hours tri types put in - makes mere running look like a part time hobby.
Joolska - Chicago = pretty flat and potentially fast. Good Italian food. Very nice.
I predictably lost the unofficial smackdown at the Northumberland Coastal Run today - beaten by a few min by OO and several more by OOjnr. Not too hot but 13+m on demanding terrain into a pretty constant headwind makes it a race where strength counts. 1.36.44 for me, fastest time on this course for a while so pretty happy. And glorious to spend so much time on the beach.
No more races in the diary due to uncertainty about work plans, which isn't helping with training motivation.
BIrch - a date in the diary is good. But it's also nice to turn up at an event with entry on the day and just run with no pressure and no plan. It's not the best way to run a mara but for a scenic HM or trail race it makes a decent day out which puts the fun back into running.
Lorenzo - thinking about getting a road bike - amazed by your repair bill though - what went wrong with the bike and was it bad luck or just natural wear and tear?