Today was the last marathon of 2020. I've managed 23 this year, which isn't bad. 10 of them were actual real races - but this one definitely wins the Best Medal award. I've never done a Christmas-themed race before so it's nice to get one of those in too. This was rescheduled from November which is the quickest reschedule ever, but this company (Zig Running) run dozens of races a year.
Towards the end of the fourth loop, I got chatting to these two. Kerry is running 100 marathons before she's 50 (it was going to be 50 by 50 but she's already smashed that)! I told them about my challenge and we ran together for a bit.
I lost them after a while, but they later overtook me again, then I overtook them again. We must've been quite a similar pace and I got to see them again at the end when we'd all finished. I told them about my blog and I've looked Kerry's page up on Facebook so if you're reading: hi!
This pile of hay bales was near the beginning of the course, which by now was getting a lot muddier.
I just jogged through this but I saw plenty of other runners skidding and sliding. The Marathon des Sable lads did in in road shoes... lol. You may be hardcore but my advice is the classic Scouting "Be prepared" :)
By lap five I'd given up on the Santa hat as the bobble was dragging me down and was quite grumpy about the weather. It hadn't been forecast to rain but it was absolutely relentless and all my clothes, trainers and gloves were soaked. I couldn't stop because it was too cold and there was still more than 15km to go. It's fair to say I wasn't feeling the love at this point.