As good a day as any to run a marathon!
The weather was atrocious today - probably a good job as it took my mind off the recalcitrant ankle!
Lots of lovely surprises today - first one was Ian van Hoof and son turning up at the ODG before the start. Great to see you!
Not too much standing water on the first lap and by and large I made very good time. Until the last 3 to 4 miles up the valley. For some reason this is the second time that the weather in the valley has been worse than on the exposed tops. And part way along the valley I was met by Chris Sharp - old friend from Sheffield. At that stage I didn't have a lot to say as we battled against very strong headwinds and torrential rain - sorry Chris!
However, as we started descending and contouring along to Little Langdale and thereafter we talked about all sorts of things. We had a calf deep paddle along this section and the water coming off the hills was just staggering in volume and intensity. The roads were awash and river-like in places.
I was running on empty as we approached the valley for the second time - and it was great to be joined by 2 intrepid cyclists from Brathay! How you cycled in those conditions I don't know - and don't worry about the ginger beer. Not really a ginger beer sort of a day!
To be honest I was hurting quite a bit today but the support and weather kept me shuffling along to a surprising 5:01
Mrs Challenge 30 was there to meet me and Chris at the end - and because the valley was flooding badly by this stage I decided to forego ODG tea and cake and get back to Brathay. Couldn't have Mrs Ch 30 being stranded after all.
As I settled into my cryo-cuff the day's next surprise knocked at the door - Paul and Jenny. More friends from Sheffield. Very nice to see you both thank you - and Paul seemed delighted that my feet were in a worse state than his. Worth the journey up for that alone!
The final surprise was retrospective - a text from Stewart Taylor to tell me that his Mum & Dad had heard Clare Balding mention me on the radio this morning. Well just how famous can you be?? I must be up to a "y" list celebrity by now!
Here is a pre-start photo taken by Helena - so lovely to see you and so kind to come up to see your old Dad! By the way the hill in the mist in the background is the first climb - yes really that is how difficult Langdale is!
And here are some stats:
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