My 3.31 at yesterday's Northumberland Castles Marathon may have been a PW, but given that only 2 finishers went sub 3.20 and my time was good enough for 10th OA in an admittedly small field, I guess was a consolation of sorts. Apart from being v hilly, particularly in the 2nd half, the winds gusting to 40mph were brutal. Although the roads weren't closed, the route was great - we must have passed within a mile of Poacher's at one point. A HM organised by the team followed the 2nd part of the route, which helped to explain and justify how the organisers could put on an M with only 74 finishers. Nice to get water with sport tops rather than cups. As it was a point to point M the only downside was waiting almost 2 hours for coach back to Alnwick. Ordinarily spending time in lovely village in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle would be no hardship but after a tough M is not one of those times. After the disappointment of missing Boston and much of the Sumner racing season due to injury, I'm glad to have done it.
Thanks for the support during the Stockport 10k today, Foxy. The weather was perfect for a race, but the topography of the route was a bit odd. Quite long uphill sections even if not too steep. But the two descents were very short and sharp - Vernon Park and alongside St Marys Way. Still some way from decent fitness but enjoyable nonetheless. I look forward to hearing from the Peak 40 runners.