Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:03
Big G - glad that you enjoyed your trip to Rome and have started back running
slowkoala - well done on Finchley 20. You'll be flying by marathon day
Unfortunately I didn't learn from slowkoala's recent experience with overtight laces (nor from my own - I often used to have to stop mid race) and I started the Imber Ultra on Sunday with my left lace too tight . Thought that it would sort itself out, but in the end I had to stop (twice) to loosen it, but by then I had a bit of an ache which got worse after the long drive home. Had to make sure I didn't alter the way I walked as I could feel some stiffness going up my shin. Some Voltarol and plenty of Arnica seem to have partly rectified my mistake and I've been able to do slow runs with the dog yesterday and today. Fingers crossed (and laces loose).
I did Imber Ultra (32.7 miles from Westbury round the Imber path on Salisbury Plain) last year and although I was one of the slowest I really enjoyed it so went back for more this year. Again one of the slower runners, but another great day. I had forgotten all about the hills so this was quite a tough event and I certainly felt that I earned my clay mug (blue this year, from White Horse Potteries). We had written instructions but there were Imber Path signs in plenty. Route was mainly off road although the paths and tracks weren't muddy at all. Cloudy to start but not cold, quite a bit of fine rain mid way, then a strong wind and sunny to finish. Very well organised, minibus from parking to HQ (and back), fantastic scenery, scrummy cakes at checkpoints (courtesy of Rotary Club ladies) and the Town Crier to start the race . Ed Catmur (who wins loads of ultra races) came in first in under 4 hours when I was about two thirds of the way round! JM from Launceston (Shades knows) was there this year - she is smaller than me, older (I think) and way faster - she shot off at the start and finished in under 6 hrs. I ran part of the way with LH & EC from 100 MC and part with the organiser of the North Dorset Village Marathon. After about 25 miles I pulled away a little and caught up with the group in front, then ran the rest with a very nice young man who had a home-made selfie stick. Finished in 6:42 which was 6 mins faster than last year. Wished they had a few more runners at the slower end (the cut offs are very generous - with 9 hours allowed for the whole race - might be needed if raining, misty etc) but otherwise another one which is certainly well worth doing .