Early start today as I got in the Peugot 107. Having given up my car for the twins I now had the luxury of a 0.99cc engine, no aircon and a tin pot sound system. I’m not complaining. This bad boy is cheap to run, hardly any road tax and a trusty steed for escorting me round the country to each marathon.
Today a drive to the center of Essex, Chelmsford. This is classed as a road run and current 100marathon club rules state that 10 of your 100 marathons must be “road” marathons, so here I am for road marathon number 3 and number 13 in total.
At the start I get my race number and look around the park to see a few familiar faces from Phoenix.
Chelmsford starts in the town center around some local roads before heading out into the country and tbh a rather scenic and pleasant route. No headphones allowed today so instead of music I have nursery rhymes going round in my head that make up the soundtrack of my home life. Not ideal but hey “Mary had a little lamb” was taking my mind off some of the more hillier sections of this course (of which there are a few).
After becoming quite accustomed to lapped marathons it was a bit of a treat to have a 26.2mile loop to run. Not knowing the course or what nutrition was available on the route once again the Camel back ultra 4 race vest accompanied me stocked with bits and pieces.
I had never started a marathon so tired. Sleep deprived for 6ish weeks I thought it would be a miracle if I got round in one piece. Alex and I are still in ‘survival’ mode living off the Adrenalin
created by either of the pups when we hear a noise in the night. God its tough!!!
Anyhow, Chelmsford, nice course, undulating but would recommend for a road marathon. Predominantly coke and jelly babies on offer at aid stops but coke is well appreciated!
3:59 was today’s time, running round like a zombie.
Held in October its cold at the start. Wrap up warm and dump your drop bag / cloths just before the start which is a small walk.
If you cant sustain a marathon on just jelly babies and coke carry a race vest.
Free parking on local roads