Route Description: Very good although I got lost. This was because I misread one sentence. I thought it said go left. In fact upon rereading it, it pointed out a track on the left but we were supposed to continue ahead!
Route: Very scenic, taking you thru to some interesting monuments.
Volunteers: Very friendly, great
Checkpoints: CP1 had cake/biscuits and drinks; CP2 and CP3 Sandwiches, cake and biscuits; CP4 hot tea plus as for CP2 and CP3. At the end was a plate of hot food (quiche, veggies, mash).
The day before, the weather forecast predicted showers in the morning. I was excited as this would help test my new jacket.
06:30: I got up. I moved in a zombie fashion to the car. Thankfully Uncle Wayne was driving. I dislike mornings and getting up is always the hardest part of the event for me! Anyway, I was up and there was no light drizzle as indicated on the weather forecast. It was beautiful and clear.
I stuff 2 biscuits down for breakfast and get going at 08:30 in Claw Jacket to keep me warm. For the record, eating 2 biscuits before a marathon is not an adequate breakfast. It was therefore guaranteed that I would be hungry some after starting, in fact 2 miles in. Scoffing a mars bar helped ease the pangs of hunger until we got to check point one for a handful of cake.
At this point, I feel a musical interlude is required......
The mooshy mushy mud. A little less water.
Sometimes this becomes the gloppy cloggy mud as it can start stick to the bottom of your shoes forming mud blocks and one begins to feel that one is walking with clogs.
Dry mud – didn’t see any. Did anyone else see any?
The rain eventually came about 1pmish. That was not supposed to happen. According to the weather forecast that I got from the BBC, it was supposed to be improving and then cloudy sun by 3pm! Oh well, this gave my jacket an opportunity to prove itself that I had already carried half way round the course.
It did its job and more. Was very pleased with it and am looking forward to testing it out in colder climes. To read more about the jacket click here
Apologies and thank you to the organisers who kindly waited for us and allowed us to complete the event.
My final tyre dragging marathon for the year is the Singapore Marathon. This is going to be the hardest event from a weather standpoint.