Posted: 13/04/2015 at 14:52
Well done Garth, a great time, given the interrupted preparation. Hope the hamstrings are better soon. Well done Marty, too.
That 22 sounds good lowrez.
I did two LDWA marathons at the weekend. The first of these, Bath Beat, was very tricky - lots of slippery limestone underfoot, lots of uneven, stony, tree-rooty bits and my main objective was self preservation so I walked where there were tripping hazards. I still managed to fall in a muddy puddle. The route instructions were minimal, even by LDWA standards e.g. ". X ST & SO through gap in hedge on 285° to ST. X ST & SO to ST. X ST & follow path to ST. X ST & TR & follow RH hedge. The hedge will bear off to the R. SO to ST. X ST & SO to gap with wooden fence in hedge." It is easy to lose count of which stile you have reached. Four pages of that sort of thing and easy to miss a bit so I had an added 3 miles. My own stupid fault for following other runners. Probably the toughest marathon I have done and certainly the slowest.
Pewsey was a different story. Nice runnable surfaces (although plenty of little stones and bumpy tracks to jar the ankles) and clear route instructions. A lovely route as well - a chalk horse, Avebury, pretty villages, rolling hills etc.
The 55 miles of those two races, though, took me over three hours longer combined than it took me to run the 55 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh last week.