I got tickets for the Olympic Mens 100m final last night so that'll carry me through. I've still to find my kit.. not even sure if it's washed..Haven't ran since the Shakespeare marathon disaster a fortnight ago so hoping it's showery n cool..Off to bed..
What exactly was the problem with the Greenway, seriously? Is it not an old dismantled railway embankment, therefore elevated from the surrounding fields? The puddles weren't going to get any bigger, as the water was running off them!! There was planty of room to run around them as well as a wide grass verge in places. I did not see any risk of flooding from the Avon that was going to affect the course. It was a disgraceful decision to cancel the full marathon; we should and could have been told at the 11.84 mile point that we had the option to do the half and take the medal.. or carry on for the full. As adults, we could have made our own minds up. Credit to the marshals for their fantastic workno doubt. Their encouragement was wonderful and sincere, well appreciated by all. I feel sorry for them having to be associated with such a crass decision. Well, I've booked myself in for Halstead (where they know how to organise a race) on May 13th as compensation so the race director at Stratford-Upon-Avon can stick it. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune doesn't even cover my ire.
It was a disgraceful decision to cancel the full marathon. Like many people, I came a long way to run this, spent the weekend in the area, visited Warwick Castle, brought my hard earned to the local economy etc etc. The website states that we run this at our own risk.. It is health and safety gone mad. Are we not adults, capable of making decisions about our own health and risk? When did the race director become empowered to implement the Capacity Act? The greenway was a bit wet but so what?? The conditions were tough but I was relishing the challenge. We'll be long enough in our rocking chairs thinking of how we failed this challenge instead of basking in the pride of a full marathon medal. That medal would have been rightly earned. I saw some guy cheering us on with a sign 'Uncomfortable is temporary, finishing is forever'. How do you feel right now? I didn't finish a full marathon. I feel pretty crap. I won't be back there.
I'll be doing Tough Guy for the 11th time this year. Even if it is quite cold, say below 3-4 degrees celsius, the initial run before you seriously get into water warms you up. The key is to keep dry as long as possible and don't heroically splash about! Keep ahead of the main pack so as to avoid bottlenecks, which is when you get really cold. I don't think a wetsuit is required.. just keep moving at all costs. Probably best to have your knees covered by leggings (useful for crawling bits) and don't politely queue at obstacles behind ditherers.. just go around them and saunter forth!
I look forward to seeing that, JRP. It was a fantastic day and I was just pleased to get it done, given that I sprained my left ankle three weeks ago. I thought that I had turned it a few times on the rocky woody downhill paths which was a bit frightening. Pleased to get under 5:30. The scenery was fantastic and helped to motivate me and also to distract from tiredness. It is the first marathon that I did not wear a watch (I forgot to pack it) and it was all the better for it. The other runners were brilliant too. I've never been down that part of the country before - It was quintessentially English!