I signed up for this race back in the heady optimistic days of October 2020, when races had started up again and we all hoped we'd seen the last of Covid. Sadly it was not to be, and a slew of cancellations followed, but this race hung in there. The organisers clearly put a lot of effort into making it Covid-safe, including a set of competitor notes that ran to FORTY EIGHT PAGES. I've more patience than most people when it comes to this stuff and even I thought it was excessive... I reckon Giles must be an air traffic controller, or a bomb disposal expert, or a member of MI5 in his day job. Such was his attention to detail!
I'd originally signed up for the marathon, but decided as the race approached that the ultra would be more fun, so I changed my entry to the 35 miler.
Ben and I decided to make a weekend of it, as a weekend by the seaside in Norfolk is a holiday (for most people). We drove up on Friday and mooched around farm shops and had a lovely dinner. The race didn't start until 1:30pm on Saturday because the idea is to race the sunset. In fact, it had a rolling start, but I figured the earlier I started, the earlier I'd finish, so we got there in plenty of time. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we stopped for fish and chips in Wells on the way - always a good start!
Here I am at the start line in Blakeney: