Well one of the people I stopped to talk to was an exuberant marshal who saw my vest and shouted "STOCKPORT IS EVEN MORE HORRIBLE THAN HULL!". I congratulated him on the slogan and said I might recommend it to the tourist promotion team in Stockport
Never have I been so glad to say I will be abroad FOR THE WHOLE OF NOVEMBER. Losing gets to be a habit
PMJ - you might enjoy the TT 50 - starts at Oxford, very rural, that bit by Henley is almost the only part of the route which isn't near water. Finish line is the bandstand by Henley station. There used to be a Thames Path Ultra from Reading to Shepperton, but the TT50 is nicer.
Lorenzo - no plans, but agree that the C2C is a good challenge. Last time I did it we started in what was almost a blizzard. Some counter-intuitive navigation in the first half, then the slog along the canal to Little Venice is a good place to make up time.
As for mountain waffles sounds like death on a plate!
PMJ - was the house with the train set near Henley? It sounds like a place one passes towards the end of the Thames Trot 50
Lorenzo - nice cooking and wine bravery. Do they have Moldovan red which might be better? I was working in the Romanian part of Moldova in the early 90s and the locals used to start the day with "Rabbit's blood" which was a very rough home made red. Not ideal for breakfast. They moved on to vodka at lunchtime. Very hard core.
Is that "mountain waffles" or "a mountain of waffles". If the former, what are "mountain waffles"?
Enjoy the taper Joolska, and send calming thoughts to MsE...
What a good day out in Hull. I entered the start area in a pen marked 3.30+, then spotted OO one pen ahead. Surprisingly, this turned out to the "elite" area, ha ha, and soon the announcer was introducing various fast runners to the cheering crowds. Funnily enough, our names were not called.
This was the day that shameless sandbagging was exposed . I told OO I would be happy with 3.45 although the hope was more like 3.35 and 3.28 would have been a very happy day given that this was both the 5th LR & 5th mara of the year. It was also the completion of 3 x 50m weeks with too much short stuff on the crappy treadie and nothing long
Course: mostly flat, no steep hills. Weather: gorgeous, bit warm perhaps, but a decent autumn day. Crossing the Humber Bridge: fabulous, not just a river but a really huge waterway. Odd moment: some old fella saw my vest and flagged me down, yelling "STOCKPORT! - ARE YOU A MATE OF TONY AUDENSHAW". I stopped to say hallo and he demanded that I should pass on his good wishes to TA along with thanks for the entertainment value of Tony's Trials. Which I suppose I will do.
The knackered cruciate grumbled loudly for a while but the wheels stayed on and it was clear that sub 3.20 was in the bag. Stopped to talk to a few people and came home in 3.15.47 which was a genuine surprise, and while not where one would want to be, my fastest mara for 2 1/2 yrs.
OO was looking disgustingly fresh at the end, I lost the smackdown but a long way but it's a relief to be beaten for a change by only one member of the OO family.
So, mara/ultra no.67 and very impressed with the organisation, support etc. As northern city maras go, this was far better than the over-hyped York and the tragically disorganised Manchester.
Sorry to miss Woldsman, hope the body gets over it.
Well I won the first smackdown of the w/e. Ron Hill turned up at the local park run, OK he is 79 and I didn't tell him I was going to call it a secret smackdown, but I did lumber home a few minutes ahead of him. Please tell me this really does count as a smackdown victory. It's pleasure to meet such a gent anyway.
MsE you just need to keep your nerve. Les jeux sont faits in the training sphere - it's now in your head.