Day 85 - 95 km to go
As the day closes on my last rest day of the project I am reflecting on how far I have come, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. As I stood in the middle of the Cricket Pitch on 2 June and turned to set off into the unknown, I had no idea what to expect or what was going to happen. I had no idea how hard the hard days would be or how rewarding the journey would be. I have been living in my own bubble for the past three months and as I get closer to the end I am trying to imagine what it will be like re-entering the real world. For the past three months life has been pretty simple. I have a singular focus of what needs to be accomplished and there has been a team around me ensuring I accomplish it. Life in my bubble has pretty much revolved around me and my needs. I can definitely see how intoxicating this would be if it went on for a bit longer than three months. Saying that I am craving a bit of normality and stability.
Tomorrow is a pretty long day of about 49 km and then the last day is around 46 km and of course once I hit the Thames at Hampton Court, the whole run is up hill from then on. I've copied the deeds for Saturday below if anyone hasn't seen them. It's been a day with a lot of phone calls and discussions about the organisation for the last day and so I am going to leave this here for today.
Please join us to celebrate Tom completing his incredible Run to Refuge journey. We would love you to join us for an afternoon/evening of celebrations. The more the merrier but if you are thinking of coming perhaps consider showing your interest on this event so we know how much cake we’ll need
Tom is planning on crossing the finishing line at Kidmore End Cricket Club (RG4 9BU) at 4.15pm
Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to park and cheer him over the finish line!
Please do not attempt to park in the cricket club’s main car park. Parking will be provided in a field next door to the club and can be accessed from Horsepond Road. The turning for the field is in between Wyfold Road and the (closed) Reformation Pub in Gallowstree Common.
There will be a cricket match on all day and the pavilion bar will be open all afternoon. We will also be serving tea/coffee and cake, which we hope you will be happy to swap for a donation to the Tribe Freedom Foundation. The Run to Refuge Team (Bex at least) will be at the cricket club from 2pm so bring a chair or a blanket and come down and join her (or come earlier to enjoy the cricket match too).
From approximately 6pm (after the cricket has finished) Jez will be bringing down his food truck where you will be able to buy a delicious dinner (anyone in Gallowstree Common would be happy to vouch for how good his food is! ) and the Bob Christopher Quartet will be playing two sets of live Jazz.
If you have any questions about the day please don’t hesitate to call Bex on 07740362544 and she would be happy to talk to you.
Should you wish to run any of the last day with Tom please see the checkpoint details below as to where he will be at any point during the day. Please do let us know if you plan to run with Tom as we can then look out for you on the route. Anybody running needs to be self sufficient as we are not able to provide support or marshalling.
Checkpoints and timings:
Start Windsor and Eton Riverside Station - 9.30am https://w3w.co/wipes.woes.bats
CP1 - Jenners car park, maidenhead 11.5 km - Tom arrival at CP 11.15 am https://w3w.co/always.clash.piper
CP2 - Gossmore Lane, Marlow 22 km - Tom arrival at CP 12.45pm https://w3w.co/deed.inquest.committed
CP3 - Henley car park - 10 km from CC 37 km - Tom arrival at CP 2.35pm https://w3w.co/dummy.blast.lousy
End of pack and prime Lane - 5.5 km from CC no parking possible at all!!!!! Drop off only. 40.6 km - Tom arrival at 3.10pm https://w3w.co/shoulders.contact.eats
Gallowstree Road lay-by - 1 km from CC parking available at Berkshire Sports Ground 3-5pm after which time it will be locked up. 45km - Tom arrival time 3.55pm https://w3w.co/seriously.barn.admires
Finish - KECC 46 km - 15 mins - 4.15pm https://w3w.co/graph.bank.decorate