The thing in the background is some sort of bell. The farmer seemed to be pulling on a string to make it ring.
5 recovery miles tonight not easy but made it in one piece.
Away with work for 2 days from tomorrow. Hopefully the hotel will have a jacuzzi or similar to relax in.
SK, it's actually the opposite. I always recover a lot faster after the more hilly and off road races. A few minor aches yesterday but feeling fine today. Road ones usually take a lot longer to get over.
Glad people enjoyed the report. I always remember the details a lot clearer in off road runs. On the roads I get a bit obsessed with my pacing whereas on Saturday I was enjoying the course and also enjoying racing rather than pacing.
My best results usually come in the really hilly races. I think the secret is not to hammer the uphills and be brave on the downs.
From about mile 23.5 came , what felt like, the steepest climb of the day. I could see the 3rd placed guy up ahead who looked like he was struggling so just tried to make sure I was going faster than him. I overtook him near the top of the hill and had a bit of a chat as he was one of the guys I had run a lot with earlier. No sooner had I passed him an older guy just went past us like we were stood still. I hadn't seen him previously on the course so he must have been pacing himself . I had a go at keeping up with him but didn't want to risk blowing up completely as my legs were really starting to hurt. With about 2 miles to go the Bournemouth guy caught back up and we had one last go to catch up with 3rd but realised we would never catch up so decided to cruise the last mile (it turned out to be 2) back down to the finish having a good old chat about life, running and how long the course would be. We came down the last hill and crossed the line together. The results showed joint 4th in 3.46 (I think) so very happy with the result.
It was my personal worst time but also my highest finish in a marathon.
Had a quick shower and spent the rest of the afternoon cheering everyone else across the line whilst drinking cider and having the worlds biggest ice cream.
It's a great race and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys off road and hills. The organisers and other runners don't take themselves too seriously which was a nice touch. Never had a race where I've chatted to so many people before, during and after. Really made me proof of the running community.
Not feeling too sore this morning so will take the dog for a walk and then off to TGI Fridays for dinner.