Windermere marathon – the first event of 2014

We’re back!!

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!

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One Response to Windermere marathon – the first event of 2014

  1. James Pope says:

    Well done guys, awesome effort, hope the sore legs are feeling better:) Was so sorry to hear about your father Dom, and hope your mother is bearing up Cossie. All the best for those final three events, think I’ll have to put Windemere on my to do list:) Cheers James:)

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