• Tom Crossland

Day 18 - The legends from the running crew

Wainfleet - Saltfleet - 53.81 km (659 km done)

Start Time - 8.33 am

Finish Time - 4.30 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 54 mins

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 22 C

Min - 18 C

Max - 27 C

I'm not sure why but today began with me feeling very fatigued and tired. My legs and body in general are holding up well and I feel that it is now getting stronger everyday, so I am not sure what the tiredness was about. John has just commented I was quiet this morning on the way. I just felt like I could not get going today and this tiredness did make me wonder if I was going to make it to the end of the day, for the first time.

However, I was joined by Ken Wright from the start, who explained that he had been told about my run and was extremely keen to join me. He also explained that there are were a few other people joining us later. This meant that I just had to get going however I felt, I had someone who had come to run with me and so I had better run. We set off and started chatting and the kilometres passed away under our feet, my legs felt okay and my shoes were slowly drying. My mind was just not in the run today, it felt foggy and sleepy. The day brightened up which helped my mind a bit. I just kept the feet moving and hoped that the day would pass.

About 2 km from CP2 we were met by four more people from Ken's Running Crew, by this time my fatigue had passed and things were moving along nicely. I probably needed to take some time to remember that everything changes and that this too shall pass. It was great having Ken along, who ran about 37 km with me today. This is the longest he has run and is such an amazing effort. Not only did Ken the legend do that. Frankie, who joined me with Kerry (both from the running crew) before CP2, hadn't run further than a half marathon before today, kept going with me, Kerry, Gazza and Rob far beyond the half marathon all the way to the end, which I think was an awesome 36 km. To furthest distances for two runners today and I hope they both realise how awesome these achievements are and I really hope they enjoyed their time out with me today and if they want to this spurs them to go further. It is true that with support and a crew around you, people are capable of so much more than if they are on their own.

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