Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


All Set For T' Big Day

by Russell Turner - 18:01 on 13 October 2018

Tomorrow could be a challenge. Thanks to the antisocial cough monster I shared a bus with on Wednesday I’m starting a cold (he didn’t cover his mouth once) and the weather forecast, after weeks alternating between dry and light showers, now shows heavy rain all day. It least it’s set to be warm and with only light wind. Maybe I’ll be lucky and it will blow through overnight.

Better news is that Matchgirl is happy with the accommodation she chose (apart from a severe lack of mirrors: only one in the entire apartment; how can a girl do her hair?) and that Triathlon Cathy and UltraPaul are just two doors away, which means we can spend a social evening together watching Strictly and eating pizza.

This afternoon we took a drive around the course, which proved mostly flat and not too scary. The toughest section might be along the A166 and back (it’s closed for the duration) past Dunnington, miles 16-20, when the road seems to go on forever and there may be a lack of encouraging spectators. Elsewhere there’s lots of twisty country lanes and little villages, which could be fun, if that word can be used in conjunction with a rain-soaked marathon.

Following food we had a wander around York and part of its walls. The city is great but the one thing I don’t miss about living there is that it’s SO BUSY. Fortunately, the throng will be kept behind barriers when we run/jog/walk through its streets and past the Minster towards the countryside beyond. It will be very different from London

Just a few hours to go. Despite rain and illness (both of which Matchgirl laughed off in Florence last year) I’m still looking forward to the day.

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