The day of the run was clear and sunny as could be; predictions were for very hot weather. We got up early (6 am for a 630 (more like 645) departure) and we ate breakfast on the way to Five Islands. It's a really pretty drive but I admit I didnt pay too much attention as I always get nervous no matter how not-seriously I am taking the run. and I was not taking this very seriously; it's never good to hope for a best time when the conditions are like these; beach, mud, rocks, water.
We got to the timing chip pick up spot early enough; I was not enjoying sitting in the field putting on my number tho due to the hundred of little biting midgets (Gnats I think) that were attacking mostly me. Those little buggers sure can sting; cranky making! I sat in the car, did some fly spray, got to the very end of the portapotty line, and waited for a bit before finally getting my last pee (considering no one wants to pee on the beach; there is nothing to hide behind out there!) Runners were being bussed to the starting spot, as parking was a long way from the beach. Scott and family were going to drive me but While I was sitting there the last bus was boarding and I could not imagine why not just get on it.
Saw some folks on the bus that I knew, chatted a bit, before being dropped off in a field with a mowed pathway; hard to follow lol I warmed up with a little jog down this path and got to a cliff where we had to go down these stairs to Soley Cove, the starting point for the 10 k run.
|Steps to Soley Cove|
|Soley Cove crowd from the back|
|Excellent scenery ;)|
|Very pretty warm up area|
|The view from the Cove|
|The Cove from the beach looking back|
|View down the beach|
|Waiting to start; I found Lavinia and Crew!|
|The Carreau Men waiting to start their race|
|Helicopter flew around us the entire way!|
|We were off! Started out heading left off the cove, through tonnes of mud; turned toward the beach then back past the cove and to Sand Point, the end of the race.|
|Much of the footing was this seaweed covered rock|
|Self portrait while running|
|Pretty scenery along the way|
|Watery spot; it got about 16 inches deep for a long ways|
|Weed covered big rocks; twisted my ankle here.|
|My feet :)|
|River to cross|
The kids Basket Run started a while after I got back and wandered. It was cute. Lots of kids had these bandanas and buffs and I wondered where they got them; someone said they were giving them to the kids but I tell ya I saw more adults and non-running folks wearing them than kids. Cute anyway. The kids all started and Eve lost her shoe righ away; we righted that and then she and Holly went off running ; they did two laps and 1 km in the mud; Holly is a trooper and carried her lost shoe across the finish line. The other kids? Did one lap and collected their medals. I'm pinning my hopes on Holly.
After the basket run we went up to the Sand Point park area to clean shoes (they ran out of water) then we joined the food line. There was entertainment which I was finding loud and the line was incredibly long for food. I think the sun was starting to get to me and I needed to sit for a bit so I left the family to stand for food and I layed beside our car. they had lots of food (mostly) but the wait was way long; I think they did a good job just wish the line could have been less painful. The kids were really good thankfully, making the wait better.
We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach of course and all headed home sporting wicked sunburns and very sleepy.
Impressions? I liked the run better landing on the island I'm sure my spectators liked it better when we landed on land and they didn't have to kill time waiting for the tide to come back. Way long waiting for various things and too many people not involved in the running part were ahead of us for food and there is little in the way of swag so every bit counts. The shirt was not a favorite. But this is definitely the most fun run I do all year and I will be back for another go!