January in the south east of England,I think most of us need to escape. Do we choose a tropical paradise on the other side of the world or do we choose a physical challenge on the south west coast path . No contest for a few core athletes from St Albans Striders.
As we drag ourselves away from our normality whether it be the daily commute or teaching ballet , athletics or motivating others to improve their fitness ,we hit the M4 or the train to Totnes with a familiar sigh as we sit back for real relaxation.
Tesco delivery scheduled for 5pm , gin and tonic poured by 6 and carbo loaded by 7.
Weather forecast- are we in store for a repeat of 2016 storm when moving against the wind was a challenge in itself. As we see a ray of sunshine over the sea in the horizon a touch of optimism hits us and the race may is laced with sunshine and blue skies .
We are off ,nearly 14 miles of mud, rocks,coast path, farmers fields and a little more mud is the challenge in front of us , the challenge which gives us the sense of escape, a totally different world from what we left behind. Start Point , Mattiscombe Sands, Lannacombe,Prawle Point and the Pigs nose in East Prawle with the biscuits and jelly babies are all ticked off before the last big climb to the highest point. Then that view , that view like you’ve never seen it before ,it is all worth it, the sun shining on the light house, the sweep of Start Bay, the sea bluer than ever and the decent into Grahams welcoming field of the finish gantry . We have done it ,another race ,another challenge and now to celebrate .
Showers,lunch,tea,beer,chatting,games,Cricket Inn,Salcombe G&T’s and fresh fish at Britannia – A Perfect Day again