Posted: 10/06/2015 at 00:48
Big G - glad the 10k event went well. The memorial garden tribute for Claire is a beautiful idea.
slowkoala - yet another good race from you
Shades - well done on DD and a great report . I really must get that one into my calendar one year. I'm doing Yeovil as well, so I'll see you there.
My favourite event last Sunday - Poppyline Marathon in Norfolk . LDWA event and everything up to their usual standard including fantastic refreshments throughout (especially the melon and coke at the final checkpoint). Beautiful day, very hot but with a cooling breeze. I'd put loads of sun cream on but I missed a bit where my vest armhole finishes on my back - very red and sore now. They had changed the route slightly from before as they had a different venue for the last 2 years but last year was a 30 to celebrate something. We only got lost once (within the first five minutes ) but some people assumed the route was the same as 2 or 3 years ago, didn't bother to read the instructions properly and got really muddled up. My fastest time for Poppyline was just under 5 and a half hours but I'd already decided that I was going to take it steady and just enjoy it. Then before the start someone who I knew slightly asked if I'd mind if he could run with me as he'd forgotten his glasses and couldn't read the instructions. He'd also run a marathon the day before so said he would be quite slow. I was ok with that, so we pottered round, walking up the hills (very steep at the beginning and the end along the coast) and any minor inclines and running/ walking the rest. We admired the fantastic views, chatted briefly to a few curious locals, took advantage of the checkpoints for loos and sustenance, managed to glimpse the steam train and spent at least 5 mins staring into the pond where there were literally thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of wriggling frog tadpoles. Finished in 6:47 feeling great - nothing ached or hurt, wasn't even slightly out of breath and still felt energetic! Had a meal plus 2 cups of tea, a hot shower and then a longish but uneventful drive home (and that did make me tired).