Hey, that's a seriously tasty looking Full English you cooked up for Riaan there. It's my birthday in a week's time. Can I order the same to be delivered round my house about 7.30 am (no need for the red roses - just the food) !!
Caroline just forgot to mention that she was actually FIRST LADY home in the Turkey Run yesterday. Clearly the Superman/woman outfit gave her special powers to fly over the mud and standing water.
Caroline - you certainly have my vote. I am confident you will reach your goal in the near future, based on your current form as you are clearly still improving. Remember, Jane took up running at age 32 and was running her pbs at age 45. She made it to 3.02 in the London Marathon. You can do even better and then you'll be the pride of our village !!
Congratulations to the organisers on a great day out. The wife and I came up from Kent (where I am County Road Running Secretary) for the full marathon and a change of scene. Thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, the atmosphere and the support (the only full marathon still going in Kent gets a field of less than 200). Drink stations were remarkably frequent - traffic control was exceptional. The dreaded Rumor Hill wasn't all that bad and the Greenway was, at least flat and cool for the last 6 miles. Only thing that was lacking was my training - if I'm ever tempted to run the 26.2 again I wouldn't mind coming to Stratford again and be better prepared.
Could those who have entered the Kent Championships please register in the Race HQ before the start - ie at least 20 minutes before the start to give you time to walk to the line. You need to collect from me a championship marker to pin on your rear which gives away your age ....... and sex ! You can't qualify for a Kent Championship medal if you enter on the day - you must be pre-entered. This is also the final race of the 2006 Kent Grand Prix.
The 11 mile marker was in the wrong place (by about 500 metres). The correct paint mark was just past the Motorway bridge in Thurnham Lane. I have to apologise for shouting at David Northcroft - the first Maidstone Harrier I saw to explain this - I'm sure it wasn't his fault !
Otherwise, a well organised race - hope the long walk to the start didn't catch anyone out. Noted a bit of road rage on the new section round Bearsted - impatient residents determined to back out of their drives as runners were going past. With a bit more publicity, I think there would have been more crowd support around the route.