Really enjoyed the first 16 miles, then the hamstring went.. felt like i was shot in the leg!.... Had to walk, stop / stretch, and jog remainder of race. Have to say the encouragement from the crowds was unreal. Big shout out to all the volunteers. There was one fella on a bike who seemed to be everywhere! Thought i was hallucinating as I seen him in Sefton twice and then near the finish! He never stopped shouting encouragement. As the end appraoched I decided to put all my effort into last mile and run ( for the crowds! ) All was going well and then within sight of the finish my hamstring went again!! Had to stop and stretch again! within what felt like touching distance to the finish.. ( could hear what felt like hundreds of spectators groaning! )... then the comments of encouragement started from the crowd and following shouts of "c'mon lad, your nearly there!... and "keep moving fella" and "don't give up"... I eventually managed to hobble over the finish line!!
Overall I think I experienced every possible emotion during the day....and crossing the finish I swore I'd never run any type of race again... but like many on here I'm already looking at upcoming races and I know I'll be back next year !!!.... bring it on!
Have just signed up for the Hellrunner up North for Saturday!... really looking forward to it!... Have opted for the second wave ( non-competitive apparently ).. so hopefully will be able to enjoy it a little more! Running the Great North run in 2 weeks, so will be taking it relatively easy...
Well done Mark and all the gang for a great race. Great race, well marshalled and great support throughout the route.The "goodie bag was well worth the effort ( and pain ).. love the medal and the mug! Would love to say I really enjoyed it - but with a new born in house, a lack of sleep the night before had a negative affect on my performance... thats my excuse anyway and i'm sticking to it
Will definitely be back next year....and hopefully i'll be able to shave a few minutes off my time!