It's a funny business this one.
You get up at 5.30am, drive through the early morning mists, drop the daughter off at the babysitters (a rare breed and much sought resource on a Sunday morning at 7am), and go off to the top of the South Downs. You then walk 2 miles with about 20kg of kit on your shoulder to then watch and photograph a load of people who have got up at an equally silly time on a sunday morning who have chosen to run one of the toughest Marathons in the country.
It's not called the "Stinger" for nothing... (Steyning Stinger Website)
but then the views (on a clear day without the mists) are fabulous. With conditions underfoot firm (except the bog at Washington) running on the chalk downs pathways and up the Hills were almost perfect for endurance running.
Anyway, there I was kneeling in the chalk stones (like you do when taking photos) when Superman runs past...
Was it a bird, was it a plane - nope - *just* James running a Marathon carrying a large flag ? Why ? well err, why not ?
Actually - James is the organiser and inspiration for the Heroes Run - this year to be held on 17th May down on Hove Seafront. Fingers crossed if you get there and wear a superhero costume they will break the world record for the most superheroes in one place (why again ?, surely only one of them is needed at any time ?) - So get over there and Enter now and become a record breaker...!!!
In the meantime a different type of Hero was running around Roding Valley in london on a Half Marathon (click here for the website)
Far too many people running far too fast...
Yep, the other half (Better half?) had gone off equally early this morning and covered the Half Marathon in London. Again good conditions and temperatures made for fast times - and that was just the journey there...
Well, the daughter has been recovered from the babysitters, apparently stones were thrown (into the sea) and a nice snooze had, so all is good. We're all back from our various locations and working through all the photos to get them online as soon as possible for you.
If you're looking for the gallery pages - they are currently set up as "holding pages" where you can register for an email notification when they are ready - and they are here:
Steyning Stinger Gallery - notification registration and holding page
Roding Valley Gallery - notification registration and holding page
Otherwise - join our facebook group, or get a feed read on this blog and you'll get updates when the gallery is ready automatically.
Well done to all of you for competing your respective Half Marathons and Marathons ! if you don't feel like a Hero now, go and register for James' Race in may !
The next update will be when the galleries are ready...