I’ve just got home and I’m still grinning! I’ve just done something utterly ridiculous - I drove for 4 hours with Flossie the dog in tow on a Friday evening, ditched the B&B I originally booked (looked 😱) thus wasting some money, booked into a tried and tested Holiday Inn Express instead, got up, ran 5k and drove home again! 🤦♀️
Oh, I missed something out. I met my awesome wonderful VRBs and that 5k was Lyme Park PR, one of the hardest in the country on PR’s 15th anniversary. Very fitting! 😀 So TailChaser, Katnap, kittens, BaddieThePirate. Sandie1961 (with loyal non-running Chris and Ben the 🐕), Jay66UK, RunaroundSue, Mr Runaroundsue, Pianism, UnfitNoMore. Little Miss UNM and Sharuns all nervously descended upon LP!
The first timers’ briefing did nothing to help our nerves. All we could hear was up this, up that, difficult, rocky, up some more, and then some more, down (yay) slippery, be careful .... !!
But you know what? Yes it was tricky, especially the first rocky uphill stretch, but holy mackerel it was beautiful! The stretch up to The Cage was jawdroppingly amazing, and the fact it was uphill went almost unnoticed for me. 😍 It was followed by a fantastic downhill stretch which I could have run forever. 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️
We successfully negotiated Tumbler’s Turn - you could see why it was called that! A helpful marshal stood there to catch people overshooting it! 😅😅 Then there was a cruel uphill stretch near the finish. 😩
We all did it! I did my usual and ran the lot slowly. Others took a few walking breaks, others flat out sprinted it! We were jubilant at the end, and celebratory hot drinks and cakes were consumed with gusto. 😋
What an amazing bunch of people you all are guys. It was sooo worth 8 hours of driving. ❤️
Next up, my home PR with some more VRBs. This forum doesn’t stop giving! ❤️❤️❤️