Saturday 27th July 2019
After Months of training I have finally ran the Lunar-Tic River Marathon.
We set off on Saturday afternoon and headed for the campsite we booked, The goal was to get to the campsite early, set up the tents and have something to eat before the marathon.
The campsite was small but really good, It had loads of little extras that were not advertised which I really liked. The site manager was really friendly and chatty.
The campsite had nice showers, even at 2am after my marathon I was still able to get a hot shower which was greatly needed as I was covered in mud and sweat.
Just before 19:00 we drove to the starting point to the marathon to register, This was quick and easy, I got my race number so all I had to do is wait.
At 20:00 after giving us a brief talk about the run we set off.
This was by far the hardest run I have ran to date, it’s not to say I did not enjoy my night – I loved it and would probably do it again but it was very hard.
I am used to larger volume runs, This had a 200 runner limit and looking at the website it appears that it was very under booked (113 runners) what this meant was that I spent a huge part of this run on my own, in the dark trying desperately trying not to get lost.
I also should of worn trail trainers as lots of the run had slippery mud, many times I slipped but was lucky not to hurt myself apart from a bruise on the side of my ankle.
There was tape hung from trees to tell us which way to go but in the dark I missed most of them, I just followed other runners when I could. Looking at the map on Strava I can see where I came off line of route once without even knowing it and by shear luck got back onto the route. Near the end of the marathon (The last mile) I took a wrong turning again and had to double back on myself to pick up the right route, I managed to add a extra half mile to my run lol.
In hindsight I could of uploaded the route onto my phone (this was on their website) also the route follows the river (not that it was easy to see) so following this would have helped with guessing the route – Why did I not realise this when running? It’s not as though I had not studied the map many times at home 😦
The last 2 miles I teamed up with another runner – He was really nice and we had a great chat, This helped the time to fly for the last bit which was great.
Unfortunately for me my new friend stopped for a drink at the last drinks station just over a mile before the end so I continued by myself – as you can read above that did not go too well lol
This run took me just over 5 hours (I am still waiting on the official time) but Strava sells me that I completed the Marathon in about 3 seconds shy of the 5 hours so I am very pleased with that.
Relaxing at the end of my run with a nice mug of coffee I get my friend to take a photo of me holding my lovely medal
After the run we went back to the campsite for some well earned food and a beer.
I have not booked anything for next year yet but it would be really cool to get another half / full marathon booked for January or February time, I will have to wait and see 🙂