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Atlantic coast Challenge 07/10/2017

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07/10/2016 Friday

Up at 7.50 lots of breakfast sausage bacon and eggs and coffee no beer. Long transfer to start and set off about 11 am. Ut took us 6 hours in the end. We saw mister knee and the hills weren’t too bad. It didn’t rain but it was overcast. Navigating was only tricky going through newquay where we came at a checkpoint the wrong way. The last few miles were along the beach and we used rocky to get us along. We got stuck in traffic going back so was in the mini bus a long time. When we got back we ate straight away then I went for a shower and swim. We watched some telly then went to pub and played skittles. Then downloaded music for my playlists. Back for graeme Norton before my lemsip nightcap.

08/10/2016 Saturday

Up earlier alarm at 7.30am. we had the same breakfast and got lift to the car park we started from. I avoided sugar and coke at the stops had fig rolls and peanuts and crackers. The first half was very up and down and very rocky making it tough underfoot. I still ran up all the hills though. The second half was flatter with just a few steps and less rocks. We did have fun navigating through some dunes but I managed it then after an even more endless beach I got us to the final checkpoint 3a the other guys would have missed it. Me and Francis also stopped for an ice cream before the last few miles through the holiday park. 6.30 hours.

09/10/2016 Sunday

Woke up when graeme texted to say he had arrived. We got up and again. I wolfed down sausage bacon eggs and hash browns. We were not in time to set off with group 2 so we got a mini briefing and set off with a out 5 others in group 3. Within a me of the start graeme had managed to trip up and hurt his knee this was to give him more and more pro lens as the day wore on. And it certainly was a long day. The first checkpoint was nearly 10 miles in. We a dually had the grim reaper help us to navigate through at Ives which was a mass of back streets. Ut we lost him when we overtook the first of the walkers. We gradually continued to overtake a lot of folks during the day as the race took its toll. It looked like about 100 people dropped out of the 3 day event. The first checkpoint was a relief and I had some black currant and bananas. We pushed on then to the 2nd checkpoint t which was balanced precariously on the side of a cliff. Despite this we still managed to get a cup of tea and I had water and bananas again.the footing was incredibly rocky. You would not have wanted to trip. And most of the time we were scrambling rather than running which slowed us down. We got to the 3rd checkpoint and had more tea and bananas and there was a toilet. We then ran through a lot of old mines including an arsenic mine. It was getting harder and harder for graeme with his knee, so me and Francis ran to 42 km then stuck with graeme. We stopped at the last village and had black forest ice cream and a drink from a fish and chip shop I then played walking music and finally rocky for the run to the finish. When we finished we all got a local Cornish pasty. We were driven back to the site and myself and Francis tucked into the curry and custard while graeme had a kip before driving to Plymouth. In the evening g was went down the bar and chatted with mark cryor frances friend. He had done the midsummer dream as well as other races I had done.