Photos of some of the race (I stopped half way through as my fingers were wayyyyy too cold to press a button), with a few very important points:
1) The race had so many muddy sections which I’ve no pictures of, I simply at those points didn’t have the camera in my hand (and my fingers were frozen solid!). The mud and seriously strong winds made this Coastal Trail Series (CTS) race just as challenging – well nearly – as the other CTS challenges which I highly, highly recommend btw.
2) Never during a muddy section say “mate, look over there [then points whilst taking eyes of the muddy trail and pointing to his home town]” – basically Saxon fell over and it was really funny. Can’t beat seeing a friend fall over in mud 😉
3) Kris, stop entering the ultras! I felt good at the marathon finish but am still completely incapable of passing the finish line to continue the ‘ultra loop’. I had fun watching Pete and Saxon head onto the Ultra loop though, then I went for a lovely cuppa tea 🙂 Sorry I didn’t get to see you finish guys, I cheered people on for 40 mins or so then Kelly came in a bit sorry for herself and we headed out of the cold to the car when she got in. Great running with you all though for all those miles.
4) Well done to Kelly, Alistair, Saxon, Pete and Emily (who dropped Saxon and I in spectacular style 4 miles before the marathon finish), she’d seemed really excited half way round when she saw an Ice cream van so can only assume she got Mr Whippy fever and legged it to the ice cream van when she felt the end in sight. Also a quick thanks to the Endurancelife aid station supporters who were as usual full of smiles, yet had to stand in the cold for hours watching hords of runners scoff mini jelly babies like it would improve the weather or something. But they were great and helped me fill my bottle a few times which was nice. It was good to see Paula from the Serpie group helping out at the finish – thanks. Something to do with Endurancelife not taking account of which runners started at what times, though as usual they are always very accommodating to not DNF you and allow to to finish in a different race catagory if things get tough (i.e. I’d entered the Ultra but i will appear in the Marathon results). Sorry not to catch up with Mari, I said I’d find you before the start but our paths didn’t cross ;(
One point of criticism though, pleaseeeeee Endurancelife expand the range of items you provide at the aid stations, or at least ensure they are well stocked, when I got to one point at a low point they’d run out of electrolyte powder – there was just an empty box. Lie to me “you dont have any”, fine!, just dont leave an empty box and have no replacements! Still, today was an example of another fine example of EL’s ‘follow the arrows’ unmistakable route markings which make running hassle free and any enjoyable experience.
I hope you all had a good day – here are a few memories.