There’s always a story behind marathons.

It normally starts 6 months or more before the event, you enter, you find a training plan, you build up your milage, you taper, you complete it.

I’ve a long history of … not really doing that.

Today I took that to an all new high.

A week ago I had no plans to be running a marathon today.

A chance post spotted on facebook, a chat with a friend, no training, nothing further than 10 miles for several months.

But I completed it, a beautiful run (with a bit of walking!) in the Shropshire hills.

4700 feet of climbing.

Wind, rain.

Ponies, sheep and cows.

Peaty bogs.

Steep slippy descents.

All conspired to put a smile on my face.

Run done, another marathon ticked off.

About the Event

The marathon was put on by How Hard Can It Be Events, it was the first of their events that I’ve done, but I will definitely be back for more. Small, friendly, very well organised, all in all a great event. Several running friends are regulars at their events and I can see why.

The event started at, the National Trust managed, Carding Mill Valley and ran up and over the Long Mynd, then back over it again, then we did another lap to make sure we really knew how steep some of the hills were!

View my run on Strava.