Did the Trail Frison-Roche in Beaufort, French alps. 40km race, but with 2,700 metres of vertical ascent. One bit had nearly 1000m in just 3km, which is quite steep and needed hands at quite a few points. Had some sensational views from the crest at the top - stopped to take some pictures. Struggled (and lost lots of places) mainly on the downhills though - trainers weren't up to the damp bits and fell a lot, but also the legs just couldn't take running directly down red ski runs. Came 66th out of about 140, in a walking-pace 5:40, but pleased to be able to complete something like this with no real preparation.
Hope you're all well. As you see, this giving up marathons isn't really working well.
Alright there Charlie. I thought it was probably bad form to use the water at the stations to soak my dog, and anyway it was so warm I suspected it might not be enough (and was right). Dogs can go into comas quite quickly when they get overheated, especially one as daft as mine.
Slowest marathon yesterday, but a great one. Ran the South Downs Marathon with my dog, in 4:57. Quite a hot day so I had 4 litres of water in my rucksack to keep him cool and hydrated, with regular breather stops to natter to other dogs/owners. He was quite worn out after it, but he's bouncing around today, unlike me.
Wonderful race, that one. Mike Gratton even gave him a medal too. What a nice chap.
Interesting to see dog recovery times. He was jumping around and nagging to go out all day today and doesn't appear to have any after-effects at all (that doesn't mean he hasn't got any and he's been kept in). I can hardly move, not least from a very sore back from carrying all his water.
My second go at this, and the dog's first. We must have seen Terence as I was a few minutes ahead at the finish - we did 4:57. Over an hour slower than last time (2011), but lots of fun.
Last 6 miles were much harder than I remembered, although I was out dancing at the Stone Roses last night so that didn't help, and the rucksack for the dog's water was heavy. "The pack on my back is aching, the strap seams cut me like a knife.."
An extraordinarily beautiful race and one I'll do again next year. Don't think I'll bring the dog again though - he enjoyed it but he's a bit wiped out now and it's probably not sensible to do too many. Mike Gratton even gave him a medal, which was good of him.
It seems a bit of a shame to all start at the same time - I Iiked the old system of allowing slower runners to start earlier, and the first few miles were quite crowded. I'm sure there must be good reasons for it though.