It was nice to have a weekend away with Gil and stay with my cousin Peter who lives in Oakham, very close to the start of the Rutland Water Marathon, an event that neither of us had run before.

After doing a bit of sightseeing around the old market town of Oakham we had a nice pub lunch then set off for Peters house where we had our evening meal and a good nights sleep.

The Marathon started on the shore of the lake at 9-00am so we set off early the next morning to ensure a good parking place in the car part. Met a few 100 Marathon Club friends there but as it was very cold we sat in the car for a while until it was time for us to walk to the start some 20 minutes away.

There was a 7 hour limit here so I was confident of finishing before the cut off time.

Once the sun came out and the temperature got warmer I began to enjoy my run, walking up the hills and jogging the rest. Chatted to a few ‘virgins’ to give encouragement (as I do). As per usual, by halfway my legs were telling me it was much easier to walk so that’s exactly what I did!

The route was undulating and very scenic and I really enjoyed it. Eventually I met up with Ivor Davies from the 100 Marathon Club who was trundling along at about my pace so we stayed together virtually until the end and I crossed the line in 6-23-43, well within the limit. Gil came to meet me, he had been sitting in the car wrapped up in a blanket having finished well over an hour ahead of me. We went back to Peters for the night and motored home the next day via the Duxford Air Museum which was well worth the visit. We saw amongst others a Spitfire and (my favourite) a Lancaster Bomber.

All in all a good race to prepare for Monaco and a nice weekend away together.


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