Portsmouth Trail marathon 4:53:16
|Medal of the year|
Saturday seen us all off to Folkestown for the Usual Suspects 6 hr challenge. This was on the Samphire Hoe course underneath the white cliffs. I was last here for the Alice ultra. It was 16 degrees in December but a stiff enough wind off the sea made the out portion of the 3.85 mile loop tough enough. It was also hillier than I remembered.
|Detail was incredible|
|Stefan and Susie|
7 loops was a marathon and 8 was an ultra. There was a great atmosphere around with quite a bit of fancy dress and good wishes.
|Mulled wine fudge (the best)|
I didnt kill myself today but wanted a steady run. 2:10 seen me through half marathon and I kept a steady pace in the second half passing many. Everyone seemed to be finding it tough today and out of 120 starters there was only 3 sub 4 marathons posted.
|Brenda on her 100th for 2015|
We were rewarded with the most amazing medal which included the names of all the entrants as part of the medal. One for the collectors.
|1Km to go on the prom|
The wind was strong, very strong and was into our faces pretty much for the second half. It was muddy, vey muddy and a lot of people fell often. I nearly went myself despite having trail shoes at a boardwalk section.
The beach sections were slow and congested and the narrow trail section was even worse that I remember with the leaders in the 50K coming against us on a track that was only single file at best.
The aid stations were great and the company was great and Anna's Santa