So we have switched to running dual laps i.e. 20Km each and it is now dark. We are still running and we are both in good spirits
Marcus's Petzl RXP light is literally blinding. But I was very surprised to find that 99.9% of people had powerful lights. So running at night was not a problem for anyone, but all of us had to watch our step in the twisty and exposed tree root laden course between KM 6-7. Very treacherous indeed. I witnessed 4 falls in front of me.
On prevoius long distance events (say, over 6 hours) Agata and I both noticed that we reached Gel Saturation whereby we transitioned to water. Not so this time. Seems that our breaks left us open to continued Gel taking and we had .... run out! So by early AM I had to make do with Energy Bars, Protein Bars etc which I strapped to my race belt.
Did I mention how squiggly the course was. There are many sections of the course where you can see other runners doubling back almost upon yourself. See the above route map from Agatas last lap (Her watch was on Swiss time for the observant!)
We kept a pen and paper in the car and so began a seies of romantic messages between us. At handover there was no time to talk so we wrote little notes to each other that would be read in due course when after the handover we arrived back at the car for a nap.
On several occaisions I was late to meet Agata and vice versa (I ran faster than anticipated, and then had to wait for her to arrive). This probably cost us about 15 minutes maximum, no big deal, just frustrating when you finish a lap, say 5 minutes early then have to stand around waiting for a transition!
Buff Man on his last lap
British Spiderman finishes
Marcus has finished at last, now handover to Agata
Agata crosses the finish line and we are done.
We pick up our medals
Medals for us both
You are not going to believe this. But in the mixed couples (man + woman) section we came 3rd! We never won any sporting competition ever, so maybe we have found our niche.
Thunder Run 2011 main site
The Thunder Run Results
Marcus and Agata, 22 laps, 220Km ran in 24:34 hours
No serious injuries at all, Day after ... only moderate stiffness. It is a small miracle.
One tiny problem: Marcus put Compede plasters underneath his foot arches. They melted on the run welding my socks to my feet! So during the race I could not attend to some nails resulting in 2 bruised toe nails!
Thanks are Due
Many thanks to Jeanette, Jenny and Kathy, and Jenny's parents for providing us with support and encouragement on race day. Thanks to Adidas for sponsoring the event and our medals. Thanks to all our friends who made this week back in England very welcoming and memorable.
Now time to fly back to Switzerland. We are quite sleepy