My Winter 100 race from the point of view of my crew, the fabulous Andy Bailey.
Some three and a half years ago I happened to bump into Louise Ayling at the inaugural King’s Lynn parkrun. Conversation turned to “how many different parkruns have you done?” – I was smug about my five different ones until Louise told me she’d done forty six and thus my parkrun tourism started (at time of writing I’ve done 86 different ones and Louise has 130 different!) We’ve stayed friends ever since, meeting up occasionally at parkruns and memorably at the Rutland Water marathon where Louise and Rachel struggled round in appalling conditions and I sprang up at various points on the course with encouragement and a camera!
I have watched her burgeoning ultra career with much interest and was mortified when she had to pull out of the Thames Path 100 earlier this year with a dodgy knee at 85 miles. Despite being offered the near certainty of verbal…
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