What ho gang! Thank you so much for your support and good wishes, I made it! 😄
It was wet, windy and cold, I'd been watching the weather reports with a sinking heart, we were going to get wet, and early on too, with cold gusty winds as well - oh deep joy and rapture...
Me and OH used the park and ride to get into town, very efficient, so efficient we were at the venue quite early, dry, but with a cold wind.....😬...not too bad, but then it started to rain......we were shivering and cold trying to put off using the bag drop until the very, very last moment. We did have some plastic rain capes, which actually turned out to be very useful.
Pic top right is us waiting in the cold windy field......, then call to pens.....whilst waiting I took the middle pic on the right.....and off we went......
Kept my rain cape on, didn't fancy being overly soggy too early.....took it easy, kept thinking of AndyD 's post re tortoise and hare.....it wasn't as packed as I thought and I moved easily along (they did two starts) , then on the lookout for Curlygurly2 , who was marshalling near mile 3, at Kings Parade, in the city, hurray! Found her and had a lovely bear hug before carrying on.....
Due to the gusty wind the rain cape started to act a bit like a sail, plus I'd warmed up a bit and my toes had actually thawed out, so at mile 5 abandoned said cape and had a loo break......took a few minutes as there was a queue...just a little one....
Then off through the lovely village of Granchester for miles 6 - 9 , yes of the TV fame...a really good band was in the village which was playing (lucky me) a tune I really like, so that put a spring in my step 😄
Then back in towards town, along the historic 'backs', and through the colleges for mile 10, then back on part of the 'out' route, and there I was a mile from the end.....got a bit emotional here, this is the furthest I have ever run.......but soon found you can't cry, breathe and run at the same time 😂, so pulled myself up and just kept rocking along...and then there it was.......the finish......all that training, all that effort, the cold, the biting wind and rain, all forgotten.......it's over, I did it!
Top left photo is me walking down to collect medal and goodies.........
From trying to huddle from the cold and wind and waiting around before the start, my neck and shoulders are really sore, in fact my legs are fine in comparison.....😄 It's easing a bit after a nice hot bath, but I had trouble reaching the kitchen wall cupboards without shrugging my shoulders 😂
I really enjoyed it, the support all the way round was great, plus the surroundings are pretty nice too...........would I do it again? Even though we froze, got wet and got battered by gusty cold winds? Absolutely yes!
If I can do it, anyone can, but you must, must, must do the training.
Thank you to you all on here, I hope you enjoyed it, I did take you with me you know....🤗
P.s. Please can I have that half marathon badge?
P.p.s - forgot to mention my time 😄 2hours 39...... very happy with that.... 😄