But this fell sort of ok – the second day of a triple header. I couldn’t do the Monday because of a rescheduled meeting, and couldn’t do the Wednesday as the kids were finishing at lunchtime for Easter, but a 1000 start in Telford on the Tuesday seemed doable. Was it fuck.
I dropped the kids at breakfast club as early as I could (0745), and immediately got stuck in traffic on the way to the M57, then got stuck in traffic on the M57, and again on the M6. The satnav was bumping up my ETA constantly which was starting to worry me a bit. I didn’t think Denzil (the race director) would mind me starting a bit late, but I didn’t want to take the piss, or be having to hammer it just to be done in time before the cut off.
I eventually got to the car park, and ran the mile or so up to the start in Ironbridge. When I got there everyone had been led up to the start a mile away, but I signed in, said hi to Gill and Adam who were doing all three marathons and had started early and already run 9 miles. I passed Denzil on his way back from having started the race, apologised briefly, and just carried on running.
I sort of calmed down a bit from that point, and quickly saw some other runners on the out and back (three times) course, which was the same as the Railway Ultra I’ve done twice before. I scoffed a Wispa Gold, and then got into eating a gel and some jaffa cakes every 4.5 miles or so at the turnarounds. The running from then on was all pretty straightforward, I ran a nice easy pace, said hello to the usual faces along the way, and just enjoyed the day off work.
I had no idea of what time I was on for, but most of the people running had done at least one marathon the day before, and were looking at another one the next day, so even with starting 20 mins late I was working my way up the field the whole way. On the last leg I caught up with Gill and Adam which was cool, especially as by the time I’d finished stuffing my face at the finish they came in, so I got to see them come in.
In the end I came in at 4:20, which effectively meant I’d done 28 miles in 4:00, plus the dash from the car park, and felt pretty good the whole way, so I was happy enough – especially since I had another one coming up three days later.