I have just spent the day surrounded by complete and utter awesomeness.
I didn’t mean to. It just turned out that way.
My plan was to walk a little way along the Grand Union Canal, starting at Paddington, to see whether I could spot any ultra runners. I ended up walking the 12 miles from Paddington to Hamborough Tavern, where I stopped at Checkpoint 9 (mile 133). On the walk, I bagged three runners, James*, Kevin and David who went on to place 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, and while at the checkpoint, I netted a further clutch, including Marvellous Mimi, who had run the route in reverse first and so was on mile 278!
At which point, my phone battery died, and I hitched a lift back to Paddington (mile 145) to watch a goodly number of the same runners finish.
145 miles. On foot. In one stretch. How amazing are these runners?
So. My day (or at least the first bit before my battery died) in pictures.
*Who had covered 138 miles and still (a) smiled, (b) talked in coherent sentences, (c) recognised me out of context from a photograph and (d) went on to win. Impressive much?
Wow! That really is some serious mileage!
I thought it was a typo when I saw the bit about Mimi on twitter but no it was correct – that is some kind of awesome!
how do they look so good after running so far??? I’d be crawling on all fours looking for the nearest bus 🙂 As for Mimi, she is superwoman indeed!
Awesome indeed. You signed up for next years run yet?
Lol. No. Not going to either. I’ve seen the blisters!
Wow. Just wow!
Thank you for your encouragment and for taking the photos! Very thoughtful and a great momento of the day and my elation (surprise!!) at reaching CP9! Cheers, Geoff
My pleasure! Am I right in remembering that you were the leading Irishman?
As Geoff commented above, it was thoughtful of you. Thanks for the coverage and taking the pics. I’ve used one on my own blog and acknowleged you of course 🙂 It was an amazing challenge and so nice to have it captured. I’ll be back next year if I can get in, but having a crack at the TR250 in a couple of weeks whilst the mileage is still in the legs:-)