Part of the www.saxon-shore.com race series
|Bling for the day|
|100 marathon shirt|
Ellie was at the Reading festival since Thursday where she reportedly twisted her ankle but was up at 5am for the 5:20am start towards Deal. The weather was awful with torrential rain hitting us the night before and staying constant. It was a pretty uneventful drive to Deal and we arrived at Fowlmead by 7:30am. It was still lashing down.
|Absolutely lashing rain|
Numbers collected (I had no 100) and Cake deposited and during a break in the rain we had a brief race briefing. There were a couple of 50 marathons being celebrated and then Traviss said a few nice words and presented me with my T-Shirt and medal. Since I had already done my 100 I was able to wear the T-Shirt for the first time.
We were off. There was about 100 in the race. 41 would go onto finish at Marathon distance with about 15 going further. Ellie with her twisted ankle settled at the back and decided to walk on 3.3 mile lap. That was enough to get the medal and goodie bag. When finished she went for a kip in the car and waited for me.
|Minion cake (joint best cake)|
The conditions got worse and worse through the second half. I came through 6 laps in 3:03 but slowed badly in lap 7, and even more so on lap 8 where I was walking the 2 testing hills with Joe Hawkins. He took off with 2 miles to go as he was on a triple and wanted to get in under 12 hours for the 3 marathons. I believe that he did. I trudged home in 4:24:12 and 9th place of those that stopped at Marathon distance.
|Home and dry|
We were home in 2 hrs and all cheered up. I heard later in the afternoon the Minion cake actually had been awarded joint first best cake but the trophy had got disconnected. Yay!!! Kate will be happy.
Ellie was chuffed with the day and I as usual thoroughly enjoyed it.