After a bad night with toothache (yes I know-again) I got up at 6:30 am to wake madam so she could digest breakfast before parkrun. I left her dragging herself out of bed and headed out for the required interval session today, I knew being the tail runner marhsall at Killerton was not going to come near to an interval session. Chrissie Wellington did her normal shouting at me and I in return, grumpily did my intervals, dam you Chrissie and for the record running with passion is not something I can do.
At Killerton today I was very pleased to meet Phil and Ben of notmucharunner and notmuchasitstiller fame, after what must be two years of reading each others blogs (his are very creative-have a look, my all time favourite was the one he did, where his trainers had a conversation, must have taken hours) it was great to exchange a very quick brief hello. Well done to Ben who at 7 years old managed the tricky Killerton course. Awesome!
My first duty as tail end marshall was to stand at the gate to ensure no one ran in to the post. Very daunting and scary to stand there and have 240 parkrunners stampeding towards you, I did manage to keep my eyes open though! I then tagged along with a couple of people walking the route. The father and daughter were from South Africa although she now lives in Reading and they were in Devon for a family get together. It was lovely to walk the course and amazingly it did not seem as hilly! Madam was waiting for me at the end and was pleased to report that she felt she had a good run, results not in yet! I had a great morning, very social chatting to runners and volunteers alike. Love it!
We decided to take another trip up to the moors today with Middle Madam, BYF and Madam, the plan was to go up Haytor again, but the weather was so awful we just drove the moors instead. I was thrilled to see these beauties
Not the most successful trip out but if anyone has an idea of what to do with two 19 year olds (with only flip-flops as foot wear) and an 11-year-old in the pouring rain then please let me know, (next time we will stay home!)
I was glad to get back to spend the afternoon watching the athletics and in particular the lovely Usain Bolt, oh to run like that!