• Tom Crossland

Day 61 - Great support

Neyland - Lydstep - 47.9 km (1989.6 km done)

Start Time - 8.27 am

Finish Time - 4.25 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 50 mins

Vertical Gain - 994 m

Garmin Temperatures a

Average - 23 C

Min - 20 C

Max - 28 C

Support Runners

Esther (@esthergoldsmith)

Christine (@christine1536)


Setting off from Neyland this morning, my left quad was feeling a bit tight and didn't really ease off most of the day, but I was still able to move well and appreciate the changing geology and coastline. It really helped being able to chat the miles away with Esther and Christine. The first 34 km were really gentle trails and rolling hills meaning quite easy running staying on schedule. The final 14 km were back to the coastal trails I've got to know and love so well, but I was able to finish ahead of schedule. Although, my quad is sore, it was really great to be back moving well on the trails. There were some really amazing rock structures along the coast today. When I arrived at the last CP today, Bex and Dad were speaking to family living nearby who had come out to say hi to me, we had a lovely chat and got some invaluable local knowledge about the finish being on private property, which allowed us to make a quick change to finish in a pub car park. I headed off again and their son Sam ran down to the beach with me and helped me find the stairs back up to the cliffs.

Having Bex and Dad here as crew has definitely changed the dynamic and experience for me. We are all so comfortable with each other and have so much history that I think I am not communicating in the same way with Dad as I would with other people. This is totally to be expected but I need to work more at this. I know from talking to other supporters that there is worry about getting things right and ensuring that I have everything I need. I am so grateful for everyone spending their time with me helping me get through this and I could not do it without each and every person in my team. There are people behind the scenes keeping this project going. Dad plotted the whole route. He spent hours at the computer staring at various maps trying to put together the route and finding places to start and stop each day and now he is out here on the ground with me. I have spoken previously about expectations. I wonder if when he was running half-marathons during my childhood, if he ever thought I would be running like him. I do not say it at all but my dad is my inspiration and if I have half the impact he has had during his life on the lives of other people as both him and my mum have had I would be very happy. Additionally, if I am as healthy and as active as my dad at his age it would be amazing.

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