I signed up for this race on the spur of the moment because I was grumpy about my February marathon (Icing on the Cake) being cancelled due to snow. It was all a bit last minute! After I'd booked it, I realised it was only 23 minutes drive from Stourbridge where I used to live. Hasty preparations followed and I arranged to meet up with old friends there on the Saturday. Iz (my daughter) and I would stay overnight and I'd run the race the next day.
It all went according to plan until we had a bit of a Hollywood breakfast and I suddenly realised it was 9.20 and we hadn't left Stourbridge yet and we were meant to get there by 9.30, eek! We drove like the wind and arrived at 9.42, luckily it was all OK as it was quite a small event so I managed to get registered, get instructions on the route, and get onto the starting line with plenty of time. Phew! Iz stayed in the car, intermittently doing homework (minimal I suspect!) and instagramming her friends pictures of herself sitting in the driver's seat...
here if you can spare a few quid for a good cause.
The route was simple - there were six loops, followed by three out-and-backs. Not ideal for my map as it will look like a tiny dot, but oh well! I got started, noting a few little hills on the way out (the race briefing said "with the exception of one small hill the route is generally flat"). By the time I'd finished Garmin said 350m ascent which wasn't quite as flat as I'd been hoping!
Before I got round the first loop, I got chatting to Lucas. Today was Lucas's 225th marathon. I love meeting people like him when I'm running because it's really easy to while away five hours talking about all the races we've done, which ones we recommend, which ones we're doing next etc. And that's exactly what we did! Lucas lived 10 minutes down the road and this was his third marathon of the week - he never does any training and just runs loads of races. He has the same philosophy as I do that it's better to be able to keep running than go fast, and also my other philosophy that you should always walk up hills, so we were a perfect fit and ran the entire race together. Here we are midway round the course: