So at the end of February our annual ‘weekend away’ took place and this year the emphasis was on long distance and marathon training. I thought I’d write a review of the weekend, given that I organised it and everything (not biased). The review is split into 3 – so this is the last instalment 3/3 (Sunday)
Sunday 28 February
Sunday was reserved for the long run, and putting into practice all that we had learnt. We tried to offer a variety of distances to include those not marathon training. Everyone set off in three groups to enjoy the stunning countryside.
The main route comprised of 11-12 miles. All off road and exceptionally boggy in areas. I took the steady group and we kept together until a few of the group wanting to do a shorter distance turned back (I think they ran around 6 miles in total).
Then there was just my merry group. I have no idea how the other two faster groups got on – but no one got lost or left behind so I assume it all went well!
Meanwhile we had a wonderful time stopping to enjoy the scenery and share snacks (Andrea had some great little sweets that I can’t recall the name of but they were very much welcomed!). We chatted a lot whilst I pretended to know where we were – luckily I had recced the route earlier in the month and under strict guidance of MFS I had most of it committed to memory. The route took in part of The Ridgeway, many fields, the turkey farm (very quiet during February) and a few smaller village areas.
There was one great big hill at the end – which I had warned everyone about. Unperturbed, or perhaps with no choice, everyone made it up. Here’s the picture to prove it! (Sorry girls – having run 10 miles previously it doesn’t make for the best photo opportunity but I was really proud of everyone)
At the end of the loop there was an opportunity to carry on and do an extra 5 miles. I couldn’t convince my group to carry on so I dashed off to catch the middle group and enjoyed a few miles with them.
At the end of the long runs, when everyone was safely back at the YHA, recovery and refuelling commenced! I have to say that I think we have this down to a fine art now! Good work team!
All that was left was to clean up and say our goodbyes. Organising a weekend like this wasn’t easy, but with such a great group who were all enthusiastic, motivated and willing to knuckle down and help when it was needed the weekend passed like a dream. I have to give my heartfelt thanks to Nicki for all the amazing food preparation and for general support and Ian for organising such a fab social event. Lastly to MFS for putting up with me stressing about it all for months in advance and making sure I always had a cup of tea/glass of wine over the weekend.
I really hope all who attended both enjoyed the weekend and found it useful. We were down on numbers this year and as a result may have to consider if the event has a future. Your feedback would be appreciated!
Nikki “thank God that’s over” Stanley