Where do I start?
Weather? Better than expected. Sunday saw a light breeze and hovered around 20°C.
Snake sightings? Zero
The two things that count for the happiness level of this event were both favourable.
Bring on the new course. New course? No one told us there was a new course. As we ran out the expected 1.5kms on Greens Beach we just kept running. Around a point. Around another point. Still none of the front runners had returned. More running. Running. Running. Running.
Convicts and Wenches is a trail and beach run. There are several distances from 50kms down to 5kms. Team Huey, Dewey and Louie were signed up for the 25km. With a later start to work in with the tides, we had a lovely relaxing morning at Greens Beach just chilling out.
Back to the run…by the time we got back along Greens Beach we had run just over 6kms. The Unsporty Woman did some calculations…umm…..6kms on Greens Beach + 6kms through the coastal trail + ummm about 9sih kms return along Badgers Beach + 6kms on the coastal trail before going to the finish (we don’t do Greens Beach again). Ummm…ponder…count on fingers….that’s more than 25kms.
I was running with the lovely Cathy who had never run more than 21.1kms. She is training for her first marathon in August. She is much faster and stronger than I am but decided to run with me because she wanted some company and was more interested in doing the distance than getting a good time. I suggested to Cathy that she would get sick of running at my pace and that she would run off on her own. Which I didn’t mind at all! She bet me a bottle of wine that she would stay with me.
I was looking forward to my bottle of wine! I was certain I would win.
Through the coastal track the bracken and undergrowth was waist high in places. The track is extremely narrow, barely passable by one runner. Perfect snake terriorty. Cathy was out in front and slowly got ahead of me. Louise said that she wondered how I would go with the bracken. I didn’t like it at all.
By the time I started to descend from the trail to Badgers Beach Cathy was no where in sight. But then I got to the drinks station just before the beach and there she was! She had stopped and waited for me. We decided there and then that we would buy a good bottle of wine and share it.
Down the boulder crossing we headed, slowly and carefully. Out along Badgers Beach. Running. Running. Running. We got to the end of the beach and the turn around wasn’t where it should be! We ran along the trail for a little ways and there it was. Oh my goodness. I got my trusty calculator out again (my fingers) and estimated that we would be doing about 27 to 28kms.
It was a lovely day out on the beach. I don’t like running through the thick undergrowth but what’s not to like about a beautiful beachy bushy setting? Nothing. It was lovely. Cathy and I chatted along the way, took walk breaks where the track was rough and had a good time.
We saw Louise and Pauly a couple of times and they were running well and strong. They smoked it in and had to wait half an hour for me to finish.
All up I ran 28.20kms for a 25km event in a time of 3:34:00. Value for money I’d say.
A big enormous thank you to the wonderful Janette and Bruce who came down especially to clap and cheer us all. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see Janette’s beautiful smile.
Happy running 🙂
Why the extra kms? A misplaced marker. Does it really matter? Not really. Although it would be nice if the official results noted the extended course.
(Thanks to the facebook photographers for their happy snaps of the day)