Posted: 12/08/2014 at 07:43
The part of the run lap from the finish/start to the main road and one of two police crossings was very scenic and it was nice to run through a village were winning the lottery would be the only way in - though the villagers were VERY pleasant and supportive. The second half of each lap was a drag up the bypass, flat but HGV and boy racer friendly. Marshalls were great , I have never seen so many people walking at an event , even at my end of the field , not sure why that was (perhaps the weather) others will have more valid oppinions.
And so to the finish, I and several others were escorted through the dark by friendly marshalls (is there any other kind? might be good to see a marshall who told you look like crap and are clearly in the wrong sport and unlikely to finish ) with torches and bicycles and a great welcome was seen at the finish with a proper PA and a big clock which I failed to notice at the time but must have been there because it features on the photos.
I was suffering by the end and well looked after by the staff, the physio team were keen but professional enough to recongnise a non physio problem, 20 minutes after finishing I was warm and barely able to walk even after the ice pack to the knee. I didn't try the food , feeling a bit sick, but heard it was vegeterian which was good, the medical team were coping with a collapse and seemed to be doing a stirling job.
In conclusion appologies for the long and rambling report but have plenty of time as am off work sick due to being unable to walk in a non comedy manor, will need to work on my recovery between events and in not crashing in the days before, the Para's 10 in three weeks is looking dodgy according to me, and am not doing it according to my better half, off to the minor injuries unit to let them point and laugh,...................................