And the day dawned sunny
As good a day as any to run a marathon.
So here we are at day 9. Registration for the Windermere marathon opened this morning so a lot of runners around. Lots of hushed whispers - "he's a ten in tenner" etc - really amazing and a much bigger number of supporters both at the start and all round the course.
Fantastic to not only see Gina but also Ross and Anne Oldham and (seeking redemption for Wednesday!!) Rod Vann. You all really kept me going today on another every step hurt type of day.
The biggest boost was a stop at Phil Love's mobile cafeteria just going out of Bowness - I'd almost given in to walk/run to get home, but stopped for a cup of Phil's magic tea which gave me wings for the run in and another sub 4.30 with 4.25 on the line.
So just a lap of honour left and 5 of us will become new members of the most exclusive endurance running club in the world - there will be 32 of us. I don't care if it takes 10 hours now - I'll still have exceeded my expectations and targets by miles. So I must now go for my last evening massage and I've already completed the hardest part of the week - my last ice bath, shared with Anna.
Hope to be able to do a quick blog tomorrow before a final one on Monday evening. Thanks again for all your many inspirational messages.