Tring 2 Town 02/02/2008
Up about 7am and got things ready met sandy downstairs and was
able to catch some quick breakfast before checking out and joining
the others outside. It was pretty cold but we were soon off
and moving. We kept up a good pace, we actually ran the 20
miles to watford quicker than in training. We were place in
the middle of a group of runners that kept reappearing and
it was obvious that a number of folks were training for the
marathon de sables as they were carrying very large packs.
There were checkpoints at 10, 20, 30 and 35 miles and we
were always glad to see them, as they meant a rest off
our feet. We also had a strategy of walking 5 mins every
40 minutes or so which seemed to help. It was pretty cold
there was a lot of ice till midday then after halfway it
started to get muddy, Sandy took a tumble in some mud
but was ok, I had an altercation with some barbed wire
but was only scratched. Things started to get a bit tough
between the 30 and 40 mile mark, and we were going quite
a bit slower. Needing to take more rests but we eventually
got within striking distance of the finish and saw the
signs to leave the canal for the pendley manor hotel.
As we crossed the line in 7hr 17 mins Sandy declared
he didn't think he'd be able to start in the morning
but soon changed his tune after some stretching and food.