20 mile run along the South West coastal path, that actually turned out to be over 21 miles and simply the toughest thing I have ever done.
The day dawned overcast and a little windy. The forecast was for rain to arrive at lunch time. I had trainer dilemma. Off road or road? In the end I opted for road trainers as it has been dry recently, it was the right decision.
I knew it was going to be hard, but it was TOUGH. The first half was not too bad on reflection, the second half contained mountain size gradients. Then there was steps, steps up so deep I could barely reach, steps down that I could only proceed slowly on. The folloeing pictures have been stolen from social media, but give you an idea of the terrain…
The trouble with a coastal path is (besides the hills) you can see what is to come!
Miles 10 and 17 were my slowest miles!
I was very glad and amazed to get to the end, but slightly disappointed with this medal
after 20 plus miles on that terrain I guess I think the medal should be bigger and grander!
Huge respect for the first lady finisher who came fourth overall in a sub three-hour time, she must have run those hills and skipped up those steps to get that time and at 56 years old that is just incredible.
A huge sense of accomplishment that I have managed this one, but I am not sure it is one to be done twice!