I didn't see any thread runners at yesterday's Coastal race. The 7ft tall Poacher is usually easy to spot, in his Day-Glo running vest, but not this time. And OO was doubtless home and hosed by the time I lummoxed over the finish line.
It certainly is a special race, but with a 450 mile round trip, this was probably the final Coastal for me. I was fortunate enough to come second in my category, which was an emotional way to sign off from this event.
Yep - I finished second out of all the runners with the same first name as me. Not sure whether there was a prize for that. Just under 1hr 51. So about a minute quicker than last year.
Good to read tonight that the runner who was airlifted to hospital is now apparently on the mend.
Moof - that is indeed a whole barrowful of unpleasantness. What a balls.
Yes, a fabulous time indeed at the Coastal yesterday. I would urge you, yes you, to give this race a whirl. It's on the wrong side of the country and it took 5 hours to get home, but it was well worth the trip. It starts and finishes on the beach and hugs the coastline for 13 very attractive miles.
I'm trying not to whine on about injuries these days, so I won't mention the twisted ankle which was getting on my nerves from about the halfway point. As we re-joined the beach with 2 miles to go, I was just about to stop and walk in to the finish. But then Poacher and Minni drew alongside, presenting me with a great opportunity to run in with two of the thread's big-hitters.
Amazing run by Minni, considering she'd had hip surgery so recently. She seemed to know just about every runner at the finish line, so was greeted by an endless stream of hugs and kisses, leaving me feeling rather inadequate. A state compounded when I was introduced to the unnecessarily handsome OO52, who had finished about half an hour before we limped over the line.
It was great to meet you all. And thanks again to Poacher for the Bamburgh tip - we loved it and plan to be there again next year.
Yes, MsE - definitely keep moving. Unless that makes it worse. In which case, stop moving around, you loon. You're making it worse.
KR - 24 hour solo run? Ouch. Are you sure that's entirely necessary?
Poacher - my dedicated support team will be on hand to drive me to the start line, collect me at the finish and then feign interest as I drone on about my coastal adventure. As you can imagine, they're looking forward to it immensely.
Oh my. That was quite something. Well done, Slokey. I did quite a lot of chuckling at your exchange with your wife before Scafell ("Almost finished. Just got to run up that mountain, then we can go home") Was she pleased for you?
Tony Hunt - I tried one of the milder P&D schedules and it made me feel very unwell in the legs.
Thank you Poacher for the Coastal resort tips. I suspect that, even at conversational pace, you and Minni will be well ahead of me. But I might see you at the end, if you hang around long enough.