Friday 30th June 2017 saw the annual 105th Elstead Marathon take place, and for BVR a massive club presence.
It was my first experience of the “marathon”, having heard from my fellow BVR’s that it was a wonderful community supported event, along with running through the river Wey before the finish – how could turn down the opportunity!
Weather conditions were perfect on Friday and arrival at the green the BVR presence was obvious, by far the largest club represented, a sea of blue and yellow! Rumour has it there were approximately 60 of us out flying the flag! Go BVR!
I wasn’t exactly feeling it waiting on the race to start, comments such as this is definitely just a social fun evening run not a race may have been stated! However, once we started and the initial crowd opened up, l somehow ended up running much faster than l anticipated!
I had been warned to expect all terrains and for sure it was here, road, forest trail, sandy heath land, grass and water all awaited! There were a few bumps but nothing really that constituted a real hill and a few congestion points making passing fellow runners a tad tricky.
I’d been dreading the river crossing lm not a fan of water, but it was well manned with many hands to help pull you out (John Hogg and Alex Radford were the two faces l can recall – thanks chaps much needed!). Steve Low was there with trigger fingers snapping out inglorious moments in the river too – thanks Steve some great shots.
My only negative was the field of potholes immediately before the river, hidden furrows which caused me to slow to a fast walk.
And the bling, a sweet medal stating l had run a marathon – not a bad for a Friday evening! It was then back to the Woolpack for an obligatory shandy and some dam fine chips.
A great club outing, fully recommended and the cherry one cake being our very own Nicky McKenzie getting 1st lady, well done Nicky and well deserved. Well done Team BVR – 105th Elstead Marathon a successful club attended event.