Although it was very strange being at the event but not running it did present other opportunities.
On Friday evening I was able to offer to help with kit check, could put up the flags and banners for Runfurther with no stress and then spent the evening handing out Romneys mint cake and Runfurther membership postcards.
We gained 30 new members so the personal touch works.
The weather had been dry for weeks and the forecast was good. The ground would be as dry as it ever gets- I was jealous and expected some fast times. As it happens people were longing for some soft bog by half way and their feet were hammered. A lazy start to Saturday let me chat to Dave about Fell Track and also to make new friends. The marshalls at Redshaw would be a group of 'all sorts' and mostly strangers to each other. Chris Driver had set up a facebook group for us which meant we knew who to look out for so it was easy to meet up with Aimee. Her partner had got her involved and it was well outside her comfort zone but she was lively, funny and full of enthusiasm. The Dales were new to her and so I navigated her the back way to Redshaw through my favourite valley of Langstrothdale.
Before lunch time the Redshaw team was present and getting organised.
Mini crises elsewhere delayed getting equipment to us but we used initiative and soon had hot water for soup etc and food laid out ready for runners.
|Alison the soup queen|
We divided up the jobs and waited. The lovely weather meant we could be outside and admire the views as we watched the skyline back towards Great Knoutbury.
|Leading man- Chris perry|
Before long there was a trickle of lead runners followed by several hours of almost non stop small groups.
|A revived Chris Davies|
|1st lady Emma Hopkinson|
|Mike and Barney- get back to Runfurther guys|
I have a formula for working out when to expect Bob in a race and it worked to the minute on this day.
|Josie and Albert doing well despite no Tony to nav|
|Nick always with his camera at the ready|
It is rare that I get to support him and so all the more special to be able to hug him and encourage him on his way.
|A supportive team|
A decent sleep and I was up and about quite early and in plenty of time to sit in the hall chatting, to welcome Bob home in a massive PB and to enjoy the prize giving.
|PB by 2 hours 37|
My voice had almost gone but there was just enough left to ensure I won a prize! Dave Driver had made new Fell Track station using Raspberry Pie and had named them all pies. I knew ours at Redshaw was 'Humble'. A lovely weekend and great to give something back for a change but I do hope I can run the event again next year. Now all I need to do is to complete the H200. Eek.