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The Ridgeway Walk 10/04/2014

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09/04/2014 Friday

I caught the tube home and got the car ready and finished packing. Claudia arrived first and we got in the car and waited for Adam. The drive to the hostel at Streatly was uneventful but it was difficult to park as the hostels car parking was taken up. We popped down the pub where Sandy, Marie, Claire, Rebecca, Laura, Elena, Daria etc were. We had a couple of pints and a dessert but then to get back to the hostel by 11pm before it closed. I read my kindle for a while.

10/04/2014 Saturday

We started moving in the dorm at 5am I got my stuff together and met the others downstairs at the last minute i put on my waterproofs as it was raining when we boarded the coach and sat at the back. It took about an hour to drive to the start line and when we got there we just set off.i was initially with Elena, Dariia and Claudia. Elena and Daria were too fast though so myself and Claudia teamed up. We pushed on and the weather was really good till about halfway. Here we found Daria at the checkpoint her hips were hurting. Claudia changed out of her wellies so of course it decided to rain. It did so in small showers so it was jacket on, jacket off all the way. We even saw a couple of double rainbows and a low one that went through the trees.we were maintaining a good pace which i measured on my phone until the battery ran out. We were going 3.8 miles an hour initially then we were still averaging about 3.4 at 20 miles. I don't think we. Dropped below 3 miles an hour. Claudia was in quite a bit off pain for the second half but she was still moving pretty fast. Soit wasn't a problem to stay with her. I A few times we jogged a few hundred yards to ease her pain and there was quite a bit of stretching now and again towards the end. At the last checkpoint i swapped into my waterproof socks to eases my feet a bit. At the end we had to walk past the pub and go a little further to the town hall. This was nearly the last straw for Claudia who talked about throwing herself in the river. We got to the town hall and Claudia had to pick up a certificate with Rebeccas name on it. She then got her blisters tended to by the ambulance folks. We headed back extremely slowly then to the hostel. Claudia got something to eat and I got a guinness and a wine for us both. After that I left her to go to sleep and I went down the pub with the others. Marie and Claire were the last to arrive but they made it and got to the pub.

11/04/2014 Sunday

I was a bit stiff when I got up. I bought the car to the hostel and had a nice if rather small breakfast. Then we drove back to Claudia's and Adam's without incident.

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