Last weekend Dom and I ran the Windermere marathon, as our 10th challenge for Helping Hearts. The race definitely deserves its title as one of the UK’s most scenic marathons, however what we had under-estimated a little was that ‘Scenic’ = ‘Hilly’. After driving the route on Saturday we quickly realised this is not a PB course, as the undulating nature of the roads with a few steep hills chucked in for good measure were going to be challenging to say the least…
But, we did it! Dom got around it despite not having run for a good 4 weeks beforehand due to a dodgy calf muscle, which just shows the grit and determination that he has in abundance. My long training runs paid off pretty well, although I did have to start the walk/run combo from mile 18 – but many people were already walking by that point so I was pretty happy with that.
So this was not a PB course, but I just snuck in under the 5 hour mark with Dom barely 10 minutes behind, so all-in-all we were pretty happy. The scenery is stunning, the marshalls and supporters are amongst the friendliest you’ll ever meet, and we have just 3 events left until we finish our ‘extended year’ of challenges and fundraising for Southmead Hospital in Bristol. It’s good to be back!