Monday was a complete right off as I far to hungover to function so it was straight in to Champagne League on Tuesday night, having missed last year due to injury I’m hoping to do all 10 races this year along with the Summer league as I really enjoy Tuesday night racing. First CL race is at the Humber Bridge country park for an out & back which is just short of 4 miles.
Darren White has persuaded me, reluctantly I might add, to write something for the newsletter as the Ladies Winter League winner. The problem is what can I say, I certainly didn’t expect to win it but on the other hand I’m absolutely delighted. It wasen’t until the last two races that I thought I might be in with a chance of being in the top three, so I decided to give it my all and with the help of the handicapper who might have been a little kind to me with one or two of the races, or did I just have good runs(?) not sure, I managed to pull it off.
Arrival in London begins with a visit to the Excel centre to collect my number and chip. I also pay a visit to the Hull Marathon stall and have a chat with Lucas and do a video clip. Then it is back to central London to meet my wife but I’m running late. The train finishes at Tower Bridge so I leave the station to text my wife. Then disaster I have still got my suitcase and rucksack but no running bag, chip or number. Panic my marathon is over already.
Having been rejected for the London Marathon this year I decided to tackle Manchester marathon as quite a lot of Harriers had done it and enjoyed it. Spurred on by the fact that a good for age was possible. I had to beat last years’ time by 8 minutes to do so, so training started in January.
The Anniversary Waltz is a fell race held each year to celebrate the wedding anniversary of race organisers Steve and Wynn Cliff. For the past 21 yrs it has been held every April in the beautiful Newlands Valley in the heart of the Lake District. Sadly in January this year Steve passed away after losing his couragous battle with Motor Neorone Disease, so Wynn has decided this years race will probably be the last ever one.