As good a day as any to run a marathon!
I got a slightly early start today to get an extra 10 minutes of cooler weather. The Langdales were at their magnificent best today - but cloudless sunny skies were not what I needed for running.
I deployed my usual tactics - go like hell to build time in hand whilst I was running well and the weather was cooler.
What a surprise to see Nick Naylor and April driving (rather cautiously!) on the small winding road near Blea Tarn.
Starting the second lap today - my 30th lap of the Great Langdale course! - was an odd experience. I could almost visualise the road being rolled up behind me like a carpet. By the time I was starting the last bit of really hard work climbing up from Skelwith Bridge to High Close I was getting really hot but had time in the bag. I allowed myself a celebration as I reached the top for the last time - drop down into the valley - last ginger beer from the Coop in Chapel Stile - graft the last couple of miles - and then it was done!
And a wonderful reception awaited me: David & Sarah Kearns had come over from Sheffield as had Nick & April. And then Graham & Di Theobald arrived - Graham is the proprietor of The Body Rehab www.thebodyrehab.co.uk - in my view the leading sports physiotherapist in the country.
Now Graham could not endorse Challenge 30 because in very simple terms it isn't good for you! But he was there for me had I required advice and intervention which fortunately I haven't. I think the fact that I have continued running has surprised him - me too!
Here are some of us:
Bowled over by your support - really wonderful thank you!
And the evening has been made more special with the arrival of Helena and Jonathan. So the Heatons are together again which is wonderful!
So tomorrow is the final day. I don't know how I feel - still nervous as I have a marathon to run. It is never a formality. But also excited as I have the chance to write myself into a bit of history - not quite sure which bit but it will be a sparsely populated niche. There aren't many people who have actually run 30 official marathons in 30 days and posted times. Well at least there aren't many 54 year old accountants from Sheffield who've done it!
And not many people have raised nearly £40k for charity - and that's down to you thank you! You have all believed in me and Brathay.
Here are some stats:
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