You don't know what a Hoka is? Honestly, it's not rude! All will be
Last week, we took the old car to avoid muddying the new one
(Bookham 10k, say no more!), but this race we can be properly eco
and ride our bikes to what must definitely be the poshest bike park
on the Surrey racing circuit!
Run To Live look to be doing good business, but it's cold enough
today that I think Nicky's been a bit over-generous with her
half-price gloves and hat offer! At the time, I don't notice Merilyn
in the shot, and a few seconds later, she'll spot me first.
Heading for the start. Look closely: she's got safety pins on her
back exactly where they would be if she had an invisible number
there. She does have her real number on the front; I can't explain
It's not the coldest ever Valentine's 10K, but it's still BRRR!!!
Here they come!
The course has been officially re-measured after alterations to a
road junction on the route, but any change to the start is hard for
the lay person to spot.
I'm standing on a wall for a good view, so I manage to spot Amanda
in the thick of the crowd, which I don't always do. At the time, I
thought I saw Merilyn too, but looking at the pictures subsequently,
I must have been hallucinating.
Off the boys and girls all go...
I'm not going to have room to jump down for a few monents yet. May
as well take some pictures...
The last runner isn't even running!
The race leader appears on the horizon.
First lady, and blimey, it's Rear Safety-Pin Girl! Very
closely challenged here, but in the final analysis she'll pull out a
few seconds more before the end. Perhaps the safety pins are really
disguised rocket boosters...
Look for that flash of pink! I can't see Merilyn but I can see her
Aha, there's a real person behind the fluorescence.
Amanda's a bit more exposed.
And about to expose more! Off comes the hat!
Local residents seem to be doing some unofficial marshalling, which
is nice of them.
Hmm... Not a great time, and she's a bit unhappy about it, but we
all have bad days.
Merilyn reckons her time was rubbish too, but we will later discover
it's less rubbish than anyone else in her category so she wins the
So, Hokas! Amanda is trying out some new running shoes that Nicky
has brought for her. They're a fairly new brand and RTL have only
just begun stocking them, but guess what? Merilyn is wearing them
already and raving about how good they are!
Here we are then, Hoka to Hoka!
Until the next race, then - Leith Hill. We hear that Tiny and Joel
are back to defend their title for the Wife-Carrying Race
beforehand, so there should be some fun to look forward to.
PS: Amanda loved the shoes, so she bought them. Then after her crap
time in the race, she went out in the afternoon and did a PB on her
local training run! So that's Merilyn's secret!