This was one of the most relaxed and friendly events I have ever done. In fact it was that laid back we could decide when we started and at the finish we had to give in our own time! I don’t know how many ran and have no idea of my position but it was a lovely event.
It started by Chris the organiser handing me my “race” number and 4 pages of directions at the Carriage Café. I was told where to start at a trail next to the car park and left to my own devices.
After only 1 mile I was already loosing a lot of time reading the directions and had already gone wrong. The directions were very good but the amount of information made it impossible to seriously run the course. I teamed up with 3 others and we helped each other round the route.
There is no way this event could have been called a race and during the run I kept trying to think of the right word to describe it. I came up with “Journey” & “Expedition” but after getting home I came up with the perfect word “Adventure”. I think I got to see all of Stratford in just one day. It is a lovely part of the country. We when through quaint villages with beautiful thatched cottages, along picturesque canal tow paths and even up a hill to a folly.
As if it mattered and today it didn’t, I finished in 4 hours 30 minutes and 41 seconds.
That’s 30 marathons for the year.
Thank God it didn’t rain or we would having been trying to navigate while trying to read papier mache!