Cousin Sallie in the black, waving, with the legwarmers, me in the cap next to her
Looking down from CP1 towards the start, and looking up to CP2 from the start. CP2 is right at the top of that hill.
Starting to feel it now, but not as much as the next photo, about 3 miles to go and done in. Anything more than a gentle slope and I was walking, with my calves in almost constant cramping. I wasn't stood still for this photo, honest.
But give me the last 200 yards and the recovery is miraculous
So overall, I’m in roughly the same shape, trained roughly the same amount and mentally in a better position this year, having done it once already. In my mind, if I could get to 40 last year in those conditions, 50 will be no problem in good conditions, and when I complete 50, and then head out for 60, once that one is done, there is no way I’m stopping for that last lap. I’m also injury free this year compared with last. Last year I was suffering badly with my ITBs, this year I’ve had no knee or other major issues, the only thing is my perennial perroneal tendonitis but I’ve suffered that since a rugby injury in my late 20s and I know that even though it hurts it’s never going to be terminal.