April 3rd sees a great local event, organised by keen local runners Phil & Teresa from Second Wind Running The 26.2 miles include 1,1oo metres of climbing (3,600 ft) and will take us on some trails that I haven’t run before, even though I know the area fairly well. The Queen Elizabeth Country Park is a real gem with its wooded areas, hills, trails and scenery. The route marked out above is a 13 mile loop, hence the half and full marathons are one and two loops. With drinks stations every 4 & 1/2 miles and the promise of a bowl of chilli at the end all I need to do now is get rid of my current germs !! I will also be joined by a handful of my Fareham Crusader club mates.
Bank Holiday Friday 10 a.m. also sees a recce run of the one loop with Phil & Teresa so this will be great for course knowledge. Running through the different seasons becomes most noticeable when you are running through nature. The flowers, the birds and the whole forest seems to be waking up after a cold still winter.
April will see the 2016 Running Awards in London were my Blog has been shortlisted. The day is promising to be very exciting what with Strava looking after us, as well as the London marathon expo being on at the same time. The top 3 Bloggers will be recognised so it’s fingers crossed for my Blog and good luck to everyone else.
Looking further ahead I have also entered The Ox Ultra May 22nd, organised by White Star Running (WSR). This 36 miler will be a short step up from Imber and another good step towards running outside of my comfort zone.