The momentum is already too great, any semblance of control I had only a second ago has dissipated, and so I crash to the ground for the third time in the last two miles and then roll off the trail down an embankment. I come to rest on my side, a face full of heather and utterly furious. The roar of frustration is out of my mouth and bouncing off the surrounding hills before I’ve even consciously formed the will to shout. I’m about fifteen miles into this race. Aside from the series of falls I’ve already been lost twice, … Continue reading
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” – Theodore Roosevelt About fifteen minutes before we are due to start the race, the heavens have opened. Rain pounds the ground around me as I stand, camera in hand, attempting to capture the scene. I’m in a waterproof jacket, shorts, and a luminous tabard that conspicuously identifies me as today’s race sweeper. The shorts have already drawn a lot of comments and questions. Ten feet away a couple of hundred runners in various states of undress huddle together under a large white marquee tent seeking shelter, warmth and comfort … Continue reading
The chill in the early morning air is palpable, so I pull the sleeves down on my shirt to keep it at bay a little longer before laboriously manoeuvring my feet into a pair of well worn shoes. It shouldn’t be such an effort, but it is 6am and Finlay was up a few times through the night needing to be fed. I’m not feeling particularly alert, my head is fuzzy, and I’m only huddled here on the doorstep because my wife instructed me to ‘get up and get it done’. I start my watch and ease into a gentle … Continue reading
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