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The amazing London2Brighton Challenge: a novel ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฎ

The amazing London2Brighton Challenge: a novel ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฎ

I have been delving deeply into my mind palace to remember as much as I can of this gloriously long run. Naturally this has made for a hideously long report, and all I can do is apologise to anyone who manages to read through to the end!

Richmond upon Thames: Awakened as I was at 4:30, with a jolt from a deep sleep, I was glad of the hour I had spent packing the night before! Breakfast biscuits and Earl Grey, shower, then sun cream everywhere. Checking out, the staff member on reception was intrigued by the prospect of a 100km run! I then walked over to the start with a chap who'd done it the previous year, talking about how difficult it is to get lost with all the pink arrows marking the route. I had seen a few pink arrows around the start and marvelled at the amazing organisation of the thing.

At the start, I dropped my bag and then headed straight into a porta-potty to remove the long sleeved base layer - at that point the sky was overcast, but the air so warm and humid even at 6am! So I was just in my shorts and Alzheimer's Society top for the next many hours. I was fundraising for the Society because they were on the list, and because it's a very important issue as dementia becomes more and more prevalent among the population. Ultimately I just think it's such a terribly sad thing. Luckily for me I haven't had any sufferers in my family so far, but I have met people who are affected.

I met lovely Caoimhe from the Facebook C25K group and we chatted a bit, then she waved me off as she wasn't due to start til 7 (I got 6:30). Had the first swipe of my bar code (on a lanyard around my neck) and then a jolly warm-up with a nice chap whose name I'm afraid I forget (not the last name I forgot either, unfortunately). But he was great - I love taking part in the little workout at the start of a race :) And then we were off!

Richmond to Green Lane Rec (12km)

Running nice and steadily along, not out of breath at all, but I could feel this is going to get harder to do since it was going to get CONSIDERABLY warmer! The route took us along the Thames for the first 10k or so, and was already showing us some beautiful views. I was sticking to my usual plan of a couple of mouthfuls of snacks every half an hour, and was happily sipping water from my back-pack bladder. My pack felt comfortable and was not bouncing at all, so all was good. We left the river bank, and I found myself looking forward very very much to the first stopping point, as I needed the loo! I had decided to forgo the loperamide for this run because I figured it could cause problems what with all the food I would be eating. So I was very happy to see the flags at Green Lane Rec!

Green Lane Rec to Oaks Park (25km)

Got there just before 8am, which I was happy with. Just a quick stop for a couple of cupfuls of High5 electrolyte drink, and to fill my pockets from the generous snack table. Then without ceremony I was off again. Through residential streets for a while we went - following the pink arrows was really easy as they were really numerous. I looked up and saw the 17km marker and was amazed! "Does that say 17km?" I asked a fellow runner - "I seem to have lost 5k somewhere..." The L2B experience is already starting to seem like a dream to me, I have to type faster to catch it... We ran into a area of heath near Epsom, called Nonsuch Park, where we came upon the local parkrun in full swing, and what a beautiful place to run 5k! After that we hit some vert, and I had the time of my life hurtling through a wood far too fast (as it turned out).

Oaks Park to New Henhaw Farm (40km)

Oaks Park is the first proper stop on the route (Green Lane is classed as a "mid-point", and so has fewer services) so there was more razzmatazz there - an MC in a shiny suit, and loud music playing (not my bag I'm afraid! I did very much enjoy the peace and quiet of most of this event...). It was quarter to ten, and I was feeling a "hot spot" on my right foot, and thinking about sitting down to do some socks-off maintenance. Then a someone said "Hello!" and there was Linda, ancientrunner from Health Unlocked! We had a little chat and a gathering of photographic evidence. How lovely it is to meet these internet people in person :) We parted company and I patched my foot and took off again.

After that, things started to get more rugged and hilly, and the sun burned the clouds away. Running became harder, limited to shady stretches, and walk breaks more frequent. I started to feel a niggle in my left hip/bum, and it started to get worse... I had been dealing for weeks with a problem in my left calf, which had really limited the amount of running I could do. I struggled with it through the Brighton and London marathons, and in the five weeks since London I had not run at all, relying upon swimming, weight-lifting, and long walks, to keep me fit. In the end the calf didn't give me much trouble, but this new bum problem proved to be a game-changer!

We spent a lot of time running on long grass, which I always find rather tricky going. And at one point we came upon a small group of cows who had gathered directly on our path. They gazed at us insolently as we found an alternative route to avoid them. I'm always wary of cows and horses, but I loved seeing them, and all the wildlife I glimpsed along the way. At one point I thought about hijacking a horse, and later a van that a delivery guy had left running while he delivered a parcel :D

New Henhaw Farm to Tulley's Farm (56km)

After a super-duper-steep downhill bit (where a man was kind enough to hand me down some steps that my bum was baulking at) and a tunnel under the M25, I came upon the mid-point at New Henhaw Farm at 12:51, feeling more than a little perturbed at how much my pace had slowed. Can't remember a thing about this rest stop! I know I didn't need to top up my water bladder, and I must have had had some High5, but that's about it. Oops - I'm sure it was a lovely place though :) We passed through farmland, and lightly populated areas where I marvelled at the abundance and beauty of the rhododendrons in the hedges. We came to the halfway point which was just behind a pub I had been eyeing up thirstily. There were a couple of Action Challenge chaps there, offering cups of water for us to toast the 50km sign. After I left I witnessed a girl dumping her empty cup into the back of someone's pickup truck as she marched along. Disgusted, I went to retrieve it, only to find another one in there!! I did find myself throughout the day picking up quite a few sweet and crisp packets dropped by fellow challengers, and I am not impressed [angry face]

The sun continued to beat down on us, and my hip hurt more and more. I stopped to admire the view, where the wind was making the wheat ears wave, and to try and stretch my sore muscles a bit. A lovely young Irish chap stopped to ask if I was OK so I told him my woes and then changed the subject to that of the view. I met that bloke a couple more times, but I've lost his name, sadly.

Things started to feel even worse, and I decided that I would have to withdraw, DNF, throw in the towel! I phoned my husband to tell him I would only be going as far as Tulley's Farm, and he offered to come and rescue me. There was still a long way to walk, I was limping and I started to feel very depressed. A group of three people caught up with me and starting chatting - Lucy and Tom were Challengers, and Tim was Lucy's husband and there in a supporting role. I told them about my plan to drop out, and Lucy gave me such a stern talking-to!! It turned out she had had a problem with her ankle that she thought would have her retiring early, but after resting for a while at the 40k stop she'd been able to carry on, and she urged me to do the same from Tulley's. "But it'll take so long!" I whined. "I've been going since 6:30!!". "So have we!", Lucy bristled. I remained somewhat sullen (though still polite of course!) and insisted they carry on without me. So off they marched (super fast!) leaving me to my thoughts.

Tulley's Farm to Ardingly College (67km)

And after a while the pain eased a bit and I thought and I thought. Maybe that woman was right? I'd become resigned to the idea of giving up, but I was not looking forward to telling all my sponsors about it. And I definitely didn't like the idea of quitting!!

I arrived at Tulley's Farm at just before 5pm. This was the first major stop, and as such had hot food, masseurs, and DIY foot care facilities. I grabbed some High5 and hit the food tent, where I had to wait for some fresh pasta with tomato sauce to come out. While I waited I went for a large slice of Victoria sandwich cake, which I wasn't even sure I wanted - but it was delicious! The pasta appeared, so I ended up with that and the cake together on my plate, and this seemed heavenly to me :) Next I went for a massage, and the young physio who did the deed cemented my decision to carry on by telling me he thought I would be fine, if jolly sore the next day! After that I spend some considerable time patching up my feet (and changing socks), because, to add further to my woes, the heat and the steep downhill running had given me blisters around some of my toenails, and they were pretty painful already.

I must have been at that stop for at least an hour. I contacted my husband again, and was just about to leave when I heard my name called, and there was Caoimhe and all her family! After a quick exchange of woes I was off. By the way, the signs pointing us out of the rest stops all read "BRIGHTON THIS WAY" :D

The sky filled with clouds, and I was treated to a panorama of thunderstorms so distant that I couldn't hear them at all, yet the light show was magnificent! I pondered what I would do if I walked into a storm, then soldiered on. There was quite a long stretch of road walking, which I did find slightly alarming, but luckily it wasn't too busy. After setting off at a reasonable pace, I eventually slowed down as the hip started to bother me more. I had been popping painkillers regularly throughout the day. I stopped to admire Ardingly Reservoir, and to lean on a fence and lift up my left lower leg to stretch the hip. A woman came striding by: "Shin splints?!" she barked. "No..." I replied. "Yeah, me too!!" she announced. And off she marched, leaving me to scratch my head alone. Surely she couldn't be proceeding at such a pace if she really had shin splints? But then I saw her again at a later rest stop looking very unhappy, so perhaps it was shin splints :( A bit later on a man (possibly Adam. I saw him again too, more than once) wondered if I had cramp in a calf. No, it's a pain in my bum I'm afraid! I met my Irish friend again, and he told me about his Grandpa who had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, so sad. The lad went on his way, I didn't want to slow him down. People came and went throughout the Challenge, and I enjoyed meeting them, but I relished the time alone. Possibly-Adam passed me not long before the next stop and confused me mightily by talking on his phone, and to me, simultaneously :)

Ardingly College to Wivelsfield Primary School (80km)

I reached the amazing Ardingly College (it looks like a huge mansion!) at 20:15, and was greeted by a rather stern volunteer who informed me that we would not be allowed to leave alone, but would have to wait and leave in groups because it was getting dark. We were each given a glow stick, and reminded to switch on our head torches. I had to take a little rest there, and missed the next group but managed to get away with a promise to catch them up ;) I walked alone for a while, enjoying the sight of the moon peeping through clouds against the dusk blue sky, listening to an owl hooting away. I caught up with a young bloke called Praneet who was very happy to have a companion, and was very good company too. He was struggling with a sore knee, but I know he went on to finish well ahead of me in the end. We plunged into some woodland and hit the first of the seriously muddy trails. I wondered a bit how we were going to manage when it got properly dark! It was tiring work to pick out the least muddy way through trees and spiky undergrowth. Happily though, trails, and alternative trails even, were well marked with the pink arrows (which turned out to be also luminous), and plently of glow sticks hanging from the trees. Eventually we emerged, and found two people who had managed to miss the trail and had had an unfortunate detour to make. They were Possibly-Adam (again), and a woman called Kelly who was doing her second L2B as part of a celebration of her 40th birthday. She was a very cool lady, and led us along at a brisk march. She said she had got to Brighton Racecourse at around 4am last year and was expecting an earlier finish this time around. For the first time I confronted the reality that my Challenge was going to take around 24 hours to complete, and that I wouldn't be getting home until tomorrow! I had originally hoped to finish in daylight (more or less) - and my dreams would be coming true :). But I'd seen a fox's eyes shining in our head lamps, and bats hurtling about. A mouse and a toad had crossed my path. I felt alive in the cooler, dark air and I was happy.

After a while we'd lost Possibly-Adam, and I began to flag again and dropped back. Kelly and Praneet called to me, but I convinced them to go on - I didn't want to slow them down. I walked on alone, and the rain came. It was refreshing, but after a while a little cold so I put on my waterproof jacket. I was walking in long grass when the rain became heavy, and I started to feel soggy in the socks which worried me a bit. I went into woodland again and through more mud and thick undergrowth which was rather tricky in the circumstances!

Wivelsfield Primary School to Plumptons College (88km)

It stopped raining eventually, and after a long slog I got to Wivelsfield, where I was happy to be able to switch off my head torch for a bit as I walked under street lights. I hit the rest stop at exactly midnight, according to the tracking website! This was the other major stop, where there were fajitas and pizza on offer - my third pizza that week, hmm... To my concern I saw that Lucy of my earlier acquantaince was there, and looking very unwell indeed. She was wrapped in a blanket and shaking badly - her husband looked so worried. The sports massage people tried to help her, but she and her running partner withdrew at that stage. I really hope she's ok!

I gave myself more plasters, some dry socks, and a fresh t-shirt. I put on my long-sleeved top under that too. I had another massage and then found a group of people outside ready to go. Must have been another hour at that rest stop. We set off and I was quickly left behind :) I realise this is perhaps irresponsible behaviour, but I promise you I walked alone very very carefully! I walked for a long while along a narrow lane, where traffic was no problem. After that I think there was more grass, but it wasn't too difficult. The next stop was a mere 8km away, and it seemed that before I knew it I was walking towards the flags at Plumptons College.

Plumptons College to Falmer Farm Shop (94km)

Here it was very quiet. I didn't feel a need to stay long, but I did take the time to have a double-spoonful coffee, washed down with High5, and followed by a packet of Haribo Tangfastics. I felt ready for anything after that lot! There were just me and a couple I later knew as Neil and Dawn who were ready to go. I had already been talking to Neil in the sports hall (there was a tricky echo in there!) about his half-Ironman, and I knew he'd picked up a problem with his leg during the day which was slowing him down a lot. Quite a common theme! So we hobbled off together as best we could. They were a really lovely pair, and complete endurance sports nuts! The sky started to brighten as we began to climb a steep and sticky path up the South Downs. We met an Action Challenge bloke coming the other way, and he assured us that it would not be so steep coming down the other side (was really glad of that - downhill hurt!). On the way down I parted company with Neil and Dawn and marched on as best I could. I felt like going home!

Falmer Farm Shop to Brighton Racecourse (100km)

This last stop was a sort of just-in-case, with no barcode swiping. There were quite a few people resting on the chairs, but I decided to keep going. I climbed a hill and came to Falmer Road, starting to find familiar territory. It was by now fully light, and there was a little rainbow in the sky that seemed to be pointing to Brighton Racecourse :). At just after 5am I got a message from my husband wondering where I was, and he said he'd come and pick me up from the racecourse, which made me very happy. I had about two and a half km left to go, and it was pretty hard work. The last kilometer was along the racecourse itself - more tricky grass to walk on! But it was lovely, and the sun was shining. It is really beautiful up there, with views of the South Downs on one side, and the sea on the other. The finish line looked small and far away, but eventually I got there. And would you know it, my finishing time on Sunday May 27th is recorded as 6am exactly! I got my medal, a t-shirt, and a funny little paper cone of Prosecco. Wine not, at 6am? I grabbed a sausage-and-hash-brown bap, and my bag, and went to find my husband in the car park.

What a completely amazing experience! My ego took a big punch in the teeth earlier on, but now I wouldn't want to change that feeling of making it all through the night and seeing the sun come up - unforgettable!! And thank goodness for Lucy. My finishing time is recorded as 23:30:52, roughly in the middle of the pack, as ever :)

When I got home I felt kind of jet lagged. I had a couple of short naps, then made it out for a half of lager at the Lagoon Watersports bar (read: not very far from where I live!). Back home again I almost fell asleep during a Planet of the Apes film I could not follow properly :D What's next? That's another story...

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Absolutely amazing report Abi - it was like being there with you, only without all the searing pain and blisters. :) As a former C25K'er you are a massive inspiration - I hope you know that. I can't even process that kind of distance but that report was like watching a film about your adventure. That medal is far too small for what you accomplished there - something dinner-plate sized would have been more appropriate. The food sounds delicious too - at least they fed you well! :) I tip every hat I own to you. What could possibly come next after this?...

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Thank you so much, Decker, that means a lot!! I have been thinking and thinking through the past couple of days, desperate to get as much as possible written down before it starts to get all mixed up and overblown! Memory is such a precious thing xxx

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Well you did a wonderful job with it. Yes memory is a precious thing. Mine is fading fast :)

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Speechless (a first as my husband will attest ๐Ÿ˜„). Amazing Abi. Congratulations. I am in awe of you - and your report is brilliant. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

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Hee hee :) Thanks Annie!! xx

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Wow! What else is there to say but WOW!?! Iโ€™m in complete awe!

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Thanks Sask!! xx

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It might be a novel, but it's a well written one. What an amazing experience! Like the others, I'm in awe of you. Is there nothing you can't do? Congratulations!

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Aw!! ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you!!!

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It was really good to meet you Abi, and I was very impressed at how fresh you looked having already run further than I have ever done at the 1/4 way point. I felt like your mother the rest of the day, worrying at how hot and humid it suddenly became shortly after I saw you and then the rain here in the evening was phenomenal. Such an amazing thing to have done, you hopefully feel very proud. It was quite interesting watching people arrive at Oaks Park, the first few when I arrived had an almost desperate hunted look about them and just swigged some water and went off, Everyone else seemed very relaxed and cheerful, out for a good time. The MC was really ribbing one young boy about having to beat his mum's time from 15 years earlier. Hope those legs are recovering

Ps: I used to have an allotment up at Brighton racecourse the views are stunning and must have given you a real lift after such a trek.

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Oh wow, I love running past the allotments up there, they are beautiful! In fact I always have to stop and peer at them through the fence :)

I'm sorry if you were worried about me! Because I walked so much of the rest of the way, and had my bladder to sip at, I didn't get at all dehydrated - which always have done during marathons! I do quite like it warm, although the humidity was very trying!!

It was a bit like a very long picnic :) I'm amazed at how quick the front-runners were though!

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A brilliant read. As someone always thinking about how far they could possibly go one day, reports like this are invaluable. Am so in awe of your willpower ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thank you!! xx Are you tempted by these longer races then?

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One day. Maybe. Speed and PBs don't really do it for me so I'm thinking distance will be what I need to keep me running.

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Lovely report. Iโ€™m amazed that you finished under the circumstances and hope you were not too sore later. Shows what you can do if you grit your teeth and get on with it. I am in absolute awe!

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Thank you!! xx One of the things I had forgotten temporarily was that pain is always a feature of endurance sports! It just goes to show how important it is to talk to people :)

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What an amazing achievement. I am in awe of you. It's a beautiful report as well, lovely to read as you took me with you. Which is good as I would never even contemplate such a journey! You are a supersonic superstar xx

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Thanks Murph!! xx And glad to be of help :)

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Wow!what an epic journey! Loved that report roseabi it was so detailed , your memory came up trumps! ๐Ÿ˜Ša brilliant acheivement and one to remember! Amazing! Hope you have rested up well. Xxx

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Thanks Ali!! xx Got my feet up right now :)

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Just let me say, before I forget, I was singing โ€œWalk Onโ€ while reading your race report. It was the lightning that set me off ๐Ÿ˜ The lyrics so seem to fit ๐Ÿ˜ƒ *

Crikey, what a day! It had it all didnโ€™t it! The agony and the ecstasy. Massive respect as it must be so hard. Sheer guts and determination needed to push through, which tells you so much about yourself ! You should be immensely proud of your physical strength, mental strength, resolve, bloody mindedness, grit, and many other superlatives ๐Ÿ˜.

Well done for not quitting! Itโ€™s so easy to get depressed mid race when things are not going well. Added to which, our brains donโ€™t work properly under such stress, as your mind and body were under, and we canโ€™t make rational decisions. Glad you made the right one. In a way it was easier to carry on than be plagued with the aftermath of stopping ๐Ÿ™„

Iโ€™ve had that hip/bottom thing and couldnโ€™t go another step, except I still had to somehow get home. I think itโ€™s the undulations and hills. Horrible when you still have so far to go.

On top of that you had foot problems as well. Gaaaagh ๐Ÿ˜–. All you need innit. The thought of it made me wince.

Having to carry water and clothing, water etc etc, must be a pain in the arse - in your case it was. Eek ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

100 km though! It takes some imagining! The things you put yourself through!

It will be a while to get over that little lot. Eat good! Sleep lots! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Courtesy of Rodgers and Hammerstein, popularised by Gerry and the Pacemakers ๐Ÿ˜

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โ€œWhen you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm

There's a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you'll never walk aloneโ€

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That's amazing! Thank you Sonia!!!! xxx

You are so right, I don't know how I could have thought about giving up. I'm having a nice rest now, and eating all the food ๐Ÿ˜

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Awesome! Great report. That's a helluva long way! I once walked 47km in one day (in Spain on the camino de Santiago) and that near killed me. You're made of tougher stuff!

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Thanks Lordi!! xx

I'd love to visit the Camino de Santiago one day :)

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My mate does it often. Itโ€™s a lengthy expensive job. Once would be enough i think ๐Ÿ™‚.

Speaking of walking a long way in a day, I did 26.3 kms yesterday without noticing it It all adds up. Walking dog numerous times, up and down to the shops, to the gym and back, more dog, and then a run, more dog, more dog ...... rinse repeat ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•

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The Camino is not as expensive as you think - About 5-12โ‚ฌ per night accommodation in the hostal type refigios and cheap food and booze etc. I walked 900 km St Jean ped de Port France to the west coast of Spain (Finisterre) for 20โ‚ฌ per day! Of course if you want cheapo hotel accom then it works out maybe 40โ‚ฌ pe day.

Edit - I've got a minute window of opportunity to walk/run a section of the Camino in the next few weeks...( Mrs Lordi is tapping her foot right now as I write tho....)

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Uh oh :)

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Thank you, really thank you that has put me off doing anything like that!

Congrats on a job well done sounds like you went to hell and back but a great time doing it and a great report as well (I wont mention I fell asleep halfway through last night)

Epic running

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Ha ha, hope you didn't have nightmares!

Thank you Ben!! xx And glad to be of service :)

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I must be the same type of masochist because it really appeals to me!

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Absolutely amazing Abi! What a massive achievement!! And with no running before hand...although your walks were huge!

The report was absolutely brilliant, just as the others have said, it was like you took me along with you. You must be incredibly pleased that you kept going. My imagination doesn't stretch as far as to wonder what if would feel like to run that far, or for that long...no matter how much walking or stops were involved...but my resolution for today is just to get out there, enjoy it and stay positive.

I hope you are beginning to recover now, and I really hope your pain in the bum isn't a piriformis injury as it seems to take ages to get rid of. Thank you for such a detailed, inspiring, lovely post, and a jolly massive WELL DONE!! Now go eat cake (...and pasta if you like).โ˜บ

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Thank you Sandy!! xx Yes, very very very glad!

That sounds like a wonderful resolution ๐Ÿ˜Š

Mmmmm cake and pasta...

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Amazing report, and so well written. Reading this has made me want to have a go. Like you I like to run alone and I have always been put off having to be with a chatty group. The scenery sounds incredible and just an amazing experience... huge well done to you and Iโ€™m going to get my thinking cap on about doing one of these someday.....

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Thank you ju-ju!!!!! xxxxxx

Go on go on ๐Ÿ˜‹ Although I must say it was stressful in the weeks before, so do consider carefully... gonna post about it at some point...

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I like to run alone too. You get used to it donโ€™t you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wow, I was welling up reading this. What an absolute blinking hero you are. Congratulations on your incredible achievement! I hope your recovery is going well. Youโ€™re an inspiration, roseabi!

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Aw, thank you so much, Gabby xx

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Pasta and cake! Itโ€™s amazing what concoctions we can eat when starving

I crammed a pizza into my cake hole the other day and Iโ€™d only run a mile ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ๏ธ

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Ah, now, you were putting pizza where cake should go, I'd be careful with that...

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I will ๐Ÿ˜

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What an amazing report! And a fantastic feat! I started reading this before I went to work - and was almost late because I couldn't stop! And then finished it this evening.

Truly you are a marvel! Absolutely brilliant. Well done.

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Thank you, Cakey!! xx Glad you weren't late, but that is an amazing compliment ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I can't even imagine being able to do that. You are one seriously fantastic woman. And a talented report writer too.

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Thank you!! xxx

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Well done, a real life changing experience. And through a part of the world I know so well. I can picture it all.

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Thanks Whatsapp!! xx

I had no clue where I was half the time, but it's been great fun looking back over the maps to piece it all together :)

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I imagine it's a much different perspective by foot through footpaths, woodland and trails anyway. Hell of an achievement to cover that distance.

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Especially in the dark. It was a long way, but I'd love to do it again!

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Well says it all about the experience if you already feel you want to repeat it this soon after finishing.

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I'm not sure my marriage could take it, though :)

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Looks like he will just have to go with you๐Ÿ˜‰

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Wow what an amazing accomplishment! I was with you on that run, only wishing I was eating cake! Amazing grit and determination, a lesson to us all. Well done!

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Thank you!! xx

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How's yourself by the way?

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I am ticking along, shorter runs at the moment but I would like to get more distance again. I don't seem to like the heat much. I feel my upper legs are weak/tire easily and maybe need more strength work. Otherwise a stinky cold has me resting! No plans in the diary as yet either. What do you have next on the agenda? Hope your legs are not too sore after your epic run.

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Heat makes a big difference!

Similar to you really - nothing signed up for, contemplating a new strength regime :) Will get back into windsurfing soon. Legs are back to normal, which unfortunately means the calf problem is still there. Physio beckons!

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Sorry to hear your calf is still an issue. Physio hasn't managed to help my ankle either so I am trying new shoes again. Had a rubbish week of running so far with my cold, just a 3.5 mile run on Monday. Today no-one wants to run with me. Oh well nhs70 parkrun on Saturday in my scrubs with cake to follow ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Well, I have only just been to the physio, so I'll reserve judgement for now :)

Sorry to hear about your rotten cold, hope it goes away soon! I'd love to hear about the experience of running in scrubs :)

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I will see if there is the odd picture taken on Saturday! Not sure running in a surgical mask will help my breathing and running in clogs might be a disaster so some improvisation will be needed lol.

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That is such a fantastic achievement. I hope you are having a few weeks off now to recover.

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Thank you Jacky!! xx

Rather begrudgingly, yes :)

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I am in awe.

Hope you are recovering! Can't believe you are saying you want to do it again - must have been an incredible experience.

Sounds amazingly well organised - although if I sat down for a rest and pasta and cake, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't get back up again after the distance you'd already run by that point. How wonderful to be able to have a massage at these rest points though. I'm guessing it cost a pretty penny to enter, but it sounds like it was definitely worth it with everything so well thought out. Love that the signs said "Brighton this way" on the way out of the rest areas - I imagine it would be quite easy to be so addled you could go completely the wrong way!

I love reading your adventures, and look forward to the next one - after a suitable rest of course!

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What a lovely comment - thank you!! xxx

I was extremely grateful for those signs :)

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Wow! I am absolutely floored by this! Well done - just an amazing feat of endurance, guts and determination. I must have missed this when you posted but misswobble mentioned it in reply to another post today, so I came looking for it. Your vivid recount really lays bare the highs and lows of taking on an Ultra! Amazing, amazing achievement and hope you are recovering well! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒŸ

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Wow, thanks Sandra! xxx

I am doing pretty well, thanks! :)

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Wow! I missed this post. Absolutely amazing - what an endurance. Congratulations on yet another incredible achievement and a brilliant descriptive writeup. I can start to imagine your journey reading this. Well done again ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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Thank you thank you!! xx

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