Hey there lovely runners! How's it going? Tell us all about it below!! 😊
Has anyone signed up for the Reunion 5k, one of the pilot events in the government’s Events Research Programme? virginmoneylondonmarathon.c... There seem to be some early signs of recovery in the world of running events, in England at least (hopefully to be more widespread soon).
Yesterday I was lucky enough to run a LIVE trail event (almost 300 in the HM, 200 in the 10K). I was very excited and super nervous all rolled into one. There are so many things I’ve missed from live events, and I couldn’t wait to run a route someone else designed, marked and marshalled; where I didn’t need to plot the course and make sure the tech was set up to give me directions. Not an obvious thing to miss perhaps, but one of many things on my long list!!!
Ironic then, that this should be the first event where I got lost 🙄. I wasn’t alone. After struggling to run around a hill (imagine your right foot being about 1m lower than the left for several hundred metres), my brain was slow to clock that everyone in front was bunching up. I saw a sharp left turn and a steep climb. But why had everyone stopped? It wasn’t the first hill. Slowly the penny dropped … Much muttering and confused shaking of heads as more runners came to a halt. Consensus was that we were wrong so we doubled back, stepped over a fence and took a steep uneven track down through trees to eventually come out onto the right path! I’ve checked the map since and really can't see how the first person would have decided to leave the main path and head around this hill, but we all followed like sheep!!! Hey ho! Any chance of a PB had long since gone for me, so I really didn’t worry too much and there’s a first time for everything!!!
Are you looking forward to live events again? What have you missed most? Or are they of no interest to you?
Whatever you have planned, have a great week, everyone!!!
The Marathon Team xxx
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