It was a grey, dull affair for the 2013 Great Langdale marathon with low cloud hiding the tops of the mountains like a low ceiling. It drizzled for most of the race but was clam and mild so although not the prettiest of days it made for good running conditions. Not so good for spectators and marshals though.
It was my 5th outing at Langdale so I no longer feel intimidated by the hills and know exactly where to run and where to take a walk and have a gel.
As the day was supposed to be also the day of the Brathay 10 in 10 dinner (which has been postponed) quite a few 10in10er’s were present for the marathon. It was great to see and catch up with them all, especially Andy Nice, my roomie from 2011 who I haven’t seen for ages. Andy was staying at Brathay Hall and it was a lovely excuse to go there to give him a lift to the start. It was also great to also see a couple of A&Ters , Derek and Cath who were doing the half, at the start. I love seeing members from my local club brave enough to have a go at this incredibly challenging course.
I’m still struggling with a sore right knee so decided to take the marathon at a steady pace so as not to push the snore knee too much…if that is possible at Great Langdale! For those of you that aren’t familiar with this race, it is a 2 lap affair, with 1 lap for a half marathon race and 2 laps for the full. I enjoyed the company of Kev and Jonanthan for the first lap which I completed in a very respectable 1 hour 46 minutes. A bit quicker than I planned. The hills progressively take their toll during the second lap and I couldn’t hold the pace but still felt comfortably within myself. Finally finished in 3 hours 45 minutes 54 seconds, very pleased to get my 2nd best time on the course.
Wonderful to see Chris Heaton out on the course today. It was day 22 for him on his challenge to run 30 marathons in 30 days, alternating each day between the two very hilly, tough marathon courses of Windermere and Great Langdale. He is trying to raise money for the Brathay Trust. He looked composted and strong. All the best Chris and I hope you raise lots of money, you deserve to with such a difficult challenge!