They Did It!
Photo caption above: Hart, Bal and Suki
Center Parks is a great holiday destination if you love the outdoors. It has a multitude of activities, is safe and car free, resulting in an environment where you can be care free and succumb to your inner child. Unfortunately, for myself, it also means an environment where you can decide to go mountain biking at midnight without lights, crash the bike and get an infection in the cut that has formed on your foot. All one week before you are supposed to be running up a mountain and back. So you can imagine, with one week to go before the run I had my foot elevated, taking my the prescribed antibiotics, and promising hell or high water I’d make it up that mountain.
So the conditions, the run, did we do your donations justice?
Sunday July 24th was predicted to have rain, and rain it did. During the warm up we spoke with a number of runners who had completed the course and we were told two things, 1. double your flat run time and this is what you’ll do this course in 2. if you are on the half marathon you have to complete a second hill climb at 18km which is a killer, both were true. We won’t discuss the full marathon, anyone who attempted this is a crazy in my book, that includes Hart.
The rain maintained a drizzle state until we reached the mid point of Mt Snowdon, then it turned into a full torrential rain, with the associated hail and gusty winds. Visibility was down to 30m or so, no sheep were present, and to be fair the climb felt like it was never ending. Having wet weather gear on us was a god send as we tried to stay warm and dry, to think we nearly left this at home. The ascent was precarious with boulders to climb over and rocks to overcome, but we made it to the summit. By this point Suki and I were beginning to feel our legs quite a bit, unfortunately the upcoming descent didn’t help. It was during the descent that Suki started to edge me out, unfortunately my foot was starting to hurt at this point, at which point a mid race ibuprofen dosage was taken, promptly followed by a trip and rolling of the foot. Great !! 13Km in and I just done the one thing I hoped I wouldn’t. At this point I told Suki to crack on, slowing the pace a bit I let my feet ease back into the run, and after a km or two I started to get back into the rhythm. At 18km we hit the village of Llanberis, and were fortunate to run through the grounds of Castle Dolbadarn, but then the dreaded final ascent began. By this stage I had caught up with Suki and we were running in sync, but unfortunately the final 600m ascent really took it out of my foot. With quads and calf muscles spasming, and the injured foot aching and throbbing, this was where Suki took, and held on to, the lead. You would be surprised what a health dose of antibiotics and ibuprofen can do, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I was only 6 minutes behind Suki, who completed the run in a valiant time of 3 Hours and 43 Minutes. Which for a half marathon that takes you 1065m above sea level and exposes you to the elements is not bad going.
You would be surprised what a health dose of antibiotics and ibuprofen can do, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I was only 6 minutes behind Suki, who completed the run in a valiant time of 3 Hours and 43 Minutes. Which for a half marathon that takes you 1065m above sea level and exposes you to the elements is not bad going. Hart complete the full marathon in just over 8 hours, which we all agreed given the conditions was pretty damn good. Our fundraising is just over £700 and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us and our cause, PACE (www.pacezone.org.uk).
If you have any last minute donations to give them please go to: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/2birdy. We are grateful for your support!
Now time to start planning the next one, Alaska or Hawaii are on the cards, if you’re interested in a tropical or snow run get in touch, come join us and push yourself beyond the limits.