The Leith Hill Half is upon us again, and after missing last year's
through illness, Amanda is keen to be back on the track.
But first, Omnia Vincit Amor and all that: the UK
Preparing for the start. The Estonian Hold position is now all but
universally employed, so it's heads-between-legs a-go-go!
The race gets regular media coverage these days. It's even appeared
on National TV.
Bigamy! "Tiny" (quite literally off the scale weight-wise) can't
make it this year, so Joel has had to improvise. Is he man enough
And Dr Rob's got another new wife this year!
Who obviously wants a quickie divorce right now!
Joel has to pause for breath; but whatever it takes, they're
definitely going all the way!
On the positive side, there's hardly any water left at the end.
And he's done it without losing a wife! Now how's he going to top
this next year?
Winners for the second year running, Jonathon and Charlotte, who
will once again carry Britain's hopes to Finland.
Right, where were we? Back to the Leith Hill Half. Here they come at
the top of The Nower, the first hill of many!
Amanda's got a bit of a gammy knee and has been a bit lacking in
va-va-voom lately, but she's pleased to be running at all after last
What? Another digression? Well, as I head back to jump in the car
(which is the only way I'm ever getting ahead of those guys!), the
kids' race is starting.
The front ones are pretty fast, and even the back markers aren't
slouches. I might stand a chance against the three-year-olds...
Close-fought all the way.
Ok, back to the old codgers again. Here's the leader, pretty much in
a race of his own by the end of Wolvern's Lane. In fact, I nearly
missed him because I was chatting to somebody and not expecting any
runners just yet.
A rather fetching little floral camouflage number, perfect for the
And there's our leader heading back just as Amanda appears. Darn,
she'd like to be at least past the pub at the end of the lane before
Leith Hill Tower in the background, and just another hundred metres
to the turnaround point where she was marshalling last year.
This gesture means "Look at the beautiful view!" (I asked). And keep
half an eye on the woman in the green top for later.
Here's Nigel, not enjoying the steps up to The Nower. This is
everybody's OMG point, a really tough little section in the very
And that's why he's carried those poles around with him!
Ok, this guy is deliberately hamming it up for the camera, but
there's plenty not so far from doing it for real.
But of course, trail runners are the kind of crazy masochists who
enjoy the pain.
Revel in it, even!
Amanda's smiling again too.
I had to tell her sorry, only Amanda gets a kiss at the top, and
she's wondering how she'll ever summon up the energy for the rest of
the climb now there's no incentive.
That's it, no more hills! Just a little bit of gentle undulation and
then it's downhill all the way to the line.
But what's this? Our lady in green is about to pip Amanda at the
post! Where did that come from?
In theory I had a shortcut which would get me to the line before
Amanda. This theory needs revision. I may have to learn to run
Amanda's LHH PW, but full respect to the winner, Nathaniel Booker,
in the excellent time of 1:26:23.
We planned to go for a walk in the woods afterwards, but the weather
starts to close in, so just a quick pose with the goodies.
And while Amanda's not a beer drinker, she knows a man who is, so
the glass will not go to waste!
And thus I bid you all adieu until the next race.