T-6 #runthecoast parkrun with Susie and runthecoast mates

T-6 #runthecoast parkrun with Susie and runthecoast mates

Today was parkrun day. If you haven’t heard of parkrun – it is a free, timed 5k event held all over the country and now around the rest of the world too.


This was Susie’s second parkrun – and she dipped below 30 minutes for the first time doing it in 28:46 and came second ! in her age category. Susie is great. She rocks! I ran with her for the first two miles and the she said that I should run ahead.


It was great to catch up with Keith, Paul and Karen. We also had a chat with some friends – Russell, Sheila and their baby Caitlan (she came first because she was in the buggy!)

We retired to Dotty’s tea rooms for Bacon rolls and a cuppa all round and some chat about the 200 mile  coastal run in less than a week.

#runthecoast news – Talk turned to what to take for the first day – which we are running without a support vehicle (or Carry McCarface?)

Backpack: Hydration tablets, mobile phone, phone GPS tracker, phone charging leads, portable battery USB charger, Fenix 3, Fenix 3 charger, Rocktape, paracetomol, ibuprofen, caramel chew (mars bars), headtorch (just in case), etrex 20 handheld GPS with route loaded, more mile soft-flasks, running belt.

For the car: Clothes for the evening, body glide, Trail shoes (Kalenji Kapteren Discover), and Mud pluggers (just in case the mud is terrible – More Mile Cheviot 3), Vaseline, Food and drink.

To wear: Running jacket, Road shoes, running tights, compression shorts, shorts, socks, t-shirt, Serpentine buff, arm-warmers, gloves.

I probably forgot a few things.

On 1-4 April 2016, we will run over 200 miles between Hythe and Bournemouth stopping overnight in Eastbourne, Littlehampton and Southampton each night. twitter: #runthecoast @donealready and help us support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at http://www.justgiving.com/hythetoIOW and follow us live from 1 April at http://www.racedrone.net/event/run-the-coast-200

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