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Striding Through The Strath
by Russell Turner - 19:40 on 08 July 2021
That’s another marathon done – but not by me. Today Matchgirl completed her first 26.2 miles since surgery last year, proving that her future as a runner is assured. To make it even more of a challenge, she ran it in scenic-but-hilly Strathconon.
It was no surprise that the morning of the run included much twittering about gels, water, hydration packs and the forecast blazing sun, which fortunately didn’t appear. The athlete had no time in mind, just the determination to complete the distance. Job done.
Grandson of Seat and I provided a mobile water station and leg-stretch support, ensuring that she had a friendly welcome every three miles (or thereabouts) and encouragement to keep going, which was needed less and less as the miles increased and the end neared.
The Athlete strides towards the horizon.
Happy at the finish line in Marybank.
I’ll try to live up to her high standards at the Leamington HM on Sunday, which in comparison will be a brief jaunt. But it might be hotter, and I’ll be surrounded by over-excited Englanders hyped up for The Big Match in the evening. I’m looking forward to it.
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