About a month a go out of the blue I received an email from the Devon country cross-country team manager asking if Madam could be a reserve for Devon in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. We were so pleased to be asked, said yes please and then filled the email under ‘read’ and that was it. Until Tuesday night when I got a phone call saying someone had dropped out could Madam attend.
Well that sent me in to a tail spin I can tell you! Should she go on the team bus, should I go, should we travel up the night before oh the decisions and organisation that needed to go on.
Friday afternoon saw me pick her up from school and head up the M5 to a budget hotel for the night.
Saturday morning Madam spent a huge amount of time in the bathroom, doing I know not what but I guess it is very important to look ones best when running through mud! My biggest concern was parking, the event parking was a huge distance away from the park where it was being held. My mobility is not good still and at best walk the same pace as a very slow tortoise. I tried to blag my way in to the VIP parking but that was a NO, but hey no harm asking, but fortunately I was able to park on the road right there.
The weather was dry, windy, but warm enough.
Madam was to run 3k, we walked the course (cutting corners where I could!) underfoot it was amazingly good but being the 6th race in, we knew the muddy bits would get muddier. See that hill
she was going to have to go up that, go round it and then back up it, it was a toughie!
Madam was quite excited to see a ‘proper’ finishing line.
It was a proud proud moment, when she donned the Devon crop top. No matter the outcome of the run, she was good enough to represent her county. Wow!
This is her age group penned up at the start
I would have loved to charge all over the course shouting her on, but had to limp to the finish to await her arrival.
I was so pleased to see her at the end and give her a huge hug, I was fit to burst. More importantly she was happy. Devon’s number 1 runner came 16th, that’s how tough this crowd were, sadly this runner was in tears, her desire was to come in the top ten. When the results came in I think Madam was slightly disappointed, her team-mate came in 30 seconds ahead of her and in that time 100 runners went through, putting Madam at 233, but for a reserve I think that is brilliant, but then I might be biased.
This blog has been bought to you by a very proud Mum. Any opinions are my own and might be biased, I offer no apology>