What a weekend that was! After taking part in 2015 I decided to go back this year after a place became available. After a mad recruiting drive to find three other people literally 5 days before, the team was back up to six. Apart from my good self, the other team members had not done anything like this before. For some reason, it was I who was made team captain.
The team met at Paddington station on the Saturday morning and off we went to the race site.
We arrived on site with plenty of time to collect race numbers and find a spot to pitch our tents then head down to the race village for a look around before the start…oh and some star jumps.
Michael led the team off at 12 noon followed by Bec, Vanna, Abbi, Reka then myself. All of the team (including me) ran pretty quick laps. For me to run 5 miles in well under 50 minutes was a bit of a surprise and was a big improvement from my lap times in 2015.
During the downtime between laps I did little bit of socialising, catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while and also seeing some of my former team mates from 2015, who have been back every year since. I call that a little bit of success.
It was a bit of warm one on the Saturday, sleep was at a premium when an opportunity arose to catch some zeds. I don’t think I slept all that much between my 2nd lap and my double lap during the night. The night laps, well what can I say about them? The whole did a double lap during the night into the early morning. Some of the team less fortunate than others when it came to the weather. The weather had turned during the night. A little light drizzle to start with and by the time I took the baton from Reka to head off, the rain was gradually turning heavier.
It didn’t take long before some of the course became pretty slippery, especially the hills ‘a little steep’ and ‘heartbreak hill’. The conditions worsened on the second lap but somehow this was quicker than my first night lap. Perhaps I was being extra cautious on the first and less so on the second as I knew what to expect. I had not run the Endure course in the dark before and even though I was soaked, I kinda enjoyed it. My favourite part of the course was definitely the wooded sections. It was like playtime.
After about 2 or 3 hours broken sleep I emerged from the tent around 7am to head down for breakfast. The sun was out and it was already warm by this time. The good thing about this is the course was starting to dry out. Vanna was out on the course finishing off his double lap before Abbi, Reka, Me and Michael put in one more lap each. On the last lap for the team Bec had the timing chip on her ankle and she was accompanied by Reka, Vanna and Abbi. Michael and I joined with them on the home stretch and we crossed the line as a team.
For a team of six I am proud of what we achieved. 32 laps, 160 miles. Finished 47th from 202 teams in our category. I was/am immensely proud of this result. For me it was my best performance at a 24 hour team relay event. 5 laps, 25 miles and a course PB. I can honestly say this was the most fun weekend I’ve had to date as a runner.
That’s not all! There is another team who deserves a mention. A team of 5 ladies whom I run with regularly were also in action at Endure24. These ladies were absolutely awesome. They came along to have a little bit of fun and they ended up winning their group category. These ladies truly are a BadAssLadyGang.
It is amazing how quick 24 hours goes by when you are running, sleeping, eating and catching up with friends.
Sadly I cannot make Endure24 in 2018 but I will be going back in 2019 all being well.
Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings.