Walton to Wraysbury (12-22 miles)
I must admit to not feeling as fit and as fresh as I had done at the Thames Trot a few weeks before and suspected that I could (or should) have rested and tapered a bit more but didn’t voice my feelings for fear of being negative so early in the race.
We arrived at the Windsor checkpoint and spotted Dave and Nicky Sayer from the local running club who had come to support myself and Wendy despite never having met me before which was really nice of them.
As we left the checkpoint, we had spotted a couple of young Super Hero fans with their Mum (Pam) who I believe was supporting someone on the run. We took the opportunity of a photo with the Junior Super Heroes and I emailed it the Centurion link and believe it made it onto the website mid-race which just goes to show how the Centurion team have really embraced social media and modern reporting methods.
(Photo Courtesy of Ian J Berry)
Cookham to Marlow (38-44 miles)
We definitely slowed at this phase to nearly 12 m/m and lost a bit of time on our planned 10-11 m/m pace as I took a few walking breaks as my stomach was a feeling a little queasy here. I felt like I needed some hot food which was going to be available in Henley.
Marlow to Henley (44-51 miles)
I spoke to Adrian who was pacing Wendy and they were about 30 mins ahead of us. After a slightly longer stop than expected, we said our good byes and pressed on towards Reading.
Henley to Reading (51-58 miles)
We plodded to Reading with a combination of running and walking, tried to take it easy on the path near Sonning where there are lots of tree roots but I did stub my toe and take a tumble landing on the ground bruising my ego more than anything else although my toe was a little sore and dubbed throbbin’ Robin.
I chatted with Katy as we strode to the finish and she commented that I was reasonably articulate in my conversation but perhaps wasn’t looking my best.
The Race Director James awarded me the finisher’s medal and buckle (which was nice and heavy) and technical t-shirt and I grabbed a cup of tea and got changed to find steam coming of my body and shoes.