Monday, 17 May 2010

Just another day in paradise

And the day dawned - frankly who gives a damn?
As good a day as any NOT to run a marathon!

"Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end; then stop" Lewis Carroll

I've thought long and hard about what to write today - and decided not to write much.
The 10 in 10 in 2010 Brathay Challenge has been the experience of a life time. It's taken me to places both physically and mentally that I've never been to before, raised challenges which I knew I would face but didn't know whether I'd rise to meet them.

I've watched others face the same and different challenges, some meeting them successfully others less so or taking longer.

I've learned so much about the difference between positive thinking and realistic thinking and how it affects performance and results - all gurus and psychologists need to go to the places we've been to in the last 10 days before they spout about this.

But most of all for 10 days I, an ordinary 51 year old bloke, have led a quite extraordinary life and I have had the absolute immense privilege to do so in the company of 11 other extraordinary legendary people. Simply the best ultra endurance ahtletes in the world - "fact" as Foxy would say. I thank you all so much. The final day will stay with me for ever.

I also want to thank all of you who followed me on the course and on this blog. I have been overwhelmed by how many of you have been there for me. Great fun, great comments, hugely motivational and I hope you all enjoyed the ride.

Some facts - I finished with an average time of 4.29, my best run was my last by over 8 minutes with a 4.08, I finished 7th out of the 12 who started day 1, I was best in my age category, I have raised over £6000 for Brathay, I am member 30 out of 32 in the world who have completed the 10 in 10 challenge.
All of this vastly exceeds my expectations which were an average of between 5 and 5 1/2 hours and to keep a 6 off the card.

If anyone at all wants a more in depth run through please call me and we'll meet up - don't want to bore you all to death on here but of course there is so much to say and talk about!!

Over and out. Love to you all - Chris


Jonboy said...

Inspirational. x

Helena said...

" ". X

Naomi Prasad said...

Chris, it was an honour to experience the 10 in 10 alongside you and to see you getting stronger by the day. You took on the challenge with immense charm, dignity and grace and I was delighted to follow you in yesterday.
Hope to see you at another marathon some time soon, though how we're going to manage to run without an army of sexy young physios dancing attention on us I have no idea!

Jim Choo Choo Meta said...

Chris, an ordinary bloke you are not.You are a TiT and a great one. Like Naomi it was privilege to be in your company.Your quiet dignity belied a true Yorkshire grit, with a dry sense of humour. I've never been so pleased to be laughed at, I couldn't stop laughing myself.
It was a real pleasure to see you get stronger as the event went on. A joy to see you amazed at how well you had done. Couldn't have done it without you.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing achievement,you must be justifiably veryx proud. WELL DONE INDEED. Elspeth