Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:21
Simply one of the best times of my life - and with 60 odd years of experiences behind me that's saying something! What made it so special though wasn't my result (9:57:34), winning my age category (by 24 secs!) or attending the award ceremony - but spending time with a bunch of really supportive and inspirational people. As Slotwin said everyone one of us has own own story to tell and I can't think of many better ways of spending a weekend than listening to those stories from the past and becoming part of the stories of the future.
I think Cam and I were possibly the oldest and youngest of the group and not the fastest or slowest but we both had such a good time and so much fun which I think demonstrates how inclusive and welcoming you all were.
My race went well - I started with a 10:30 pace band and apart from constantly worrying about being 20 mins or so ahead of schedule I felt reasonably comfortable throughout. My last 7K were my fastest and I did feel like I was flying into Durban - (has to be said not exactly reflected in the race videos and photos) but I did sprint into the stadium - (well again evidence suggests not quite as fast as I thought) and overtook second place V60 on the grass. I think you 'win' or 'lose' this race in your head!
There were so many good performances and so much to celebrate but for me personally Cam's 10:34:05 was the performance of the day (not that I'm biased or anything!). After only a year of running, and originally only coming out to make sure I didn't have any more accidents, she embraced the event, thoroughly enjoyed her run and is now looking forward to next year. I've just had a text from her saying 'just done the stairs at Russell Square - training for the up run'!
I'll be back next year - have to try the up-run without breaking any bones!
Thank you everyone for being part of my Comrades experience.