This week's race was a huge improvement on last week's. Not only did I have enough sleep the night before, it was also a mere 2 hours drive away so I only had to get up at 6.30am. Luxury! It was billed as a Hallowe'en themed fancy dress marathon so I'd been to the party shop last weekend and bought this amazing outfit. Last night I tried it on properly for the first time. It was surprisingly comfortable. As soon as I arrived I spotted a few guys from Penny Lane Striders, my running club. I didn't know them (they're much faster than me) but we had a quick chat - they were doing the 32 mile ultra.
The timing chip was attached to a sort of ankle bracelet that made me feel a bit like I had an ASBO! The start line was a 10 minute walk away so I didn't have long before it was time to get down to the canal. Here I am at the start line. As you can see my hair is fricking awesome.
I suddenly noticed that not many people were in fancy dress. As in, less than 10%. The last fancy dress marathon I ran was Marathon du Medoc, where just about everyone was in fancy dress, so I started to wonder whether I'd gone too far. Oh well! Too late now!
We started running. It was nice. It was a cool day, but sunny, which it turns out is perfect for running in a giant wig. My hair bounced up and down as I ran. It felt like a bizarre and possibly slightly inappropriate cross between Baywatch and The Little Mermaid. The route was very beautiful.
The route was a 10 mile out-and-back away from Leeds, followed by 3 miles out-and-back towards Leeds. This worked really well as it naturally broke the race into four sections which seemed very doable.