A somewhat ethereal early morning moment on the day of my 12th marathon – walked up an almost deserted Regent Terrace with rain falling and Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ floating out across the city. Anyway, it wasn’t long before crowds gathered and the place was heaving with runners ready to go. First rendezvous was with my fellow AYE Club members to celebrate our 9th year and have the traditional photograph taken. Then met up with fellow Harrier Richard Anderson and we had our photograph taken – see below (sorry Ngeme wasn’t around). We were spared rain at the start and duly set off down the hill at 10:00 hrs. For me, I guess the first half was good (1:52:46) and I was well on schedule for what I was aspiring to (a sub 4). However, beyond this point, the mile times spiraled upward to unspeakable heights and while it was windy, I simply wasn’t running that well at all. In short, I was rather disappointed and not a little sore afterwards. To be perfectly honest, I found the D33 easier and was in better shape after that. Still, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything, was proud to have a Penicuik Harriers shirt on and I’m still an AYE Club member! Final Scores: WestlintonChris 4:21:05 / Richard Anderson 4:38:40 / Ngeme Ntuli 4:55:41.
Postscript: Overall, the organisation was impressive including relay station management above & beyond, top-flight refereeing and the boundless enthusiasm and dedication of all the marshals. There were also new features like text message with time and race results on website much more quickly. However, there were some dubious calls including mile markers marginally bigger than a postage stamp (rather easy to miss), supporters barred from finish and a very strange move to squeeze 10,000 + runners down a side street to collect medal etc. This took over twenty minutes in contrast to around 3 in London – could have been a real ordeal if it had been raining.