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Shrewsbury Sports Village - Sunday, 11th August 2019
We'd heard of this annual event from Tim ,Claudine, Sue and Neil previously and Stephanie decided this year we would have to have a go too.
The run is organised by a company called "How Hard Can It Be Events", you can check out their other events on their website here. The race is run on a cycling track which is about 1km long, so the full marathon was 43.5 laps and the half marathon (which is what Steph and I did) was 21.7 laps. There was also a 10k option at the event.
Costumes were very much encouraged and it was great to see so many people there wearing Rocky outfits. I went for the 'Rocky' look myself, in the hope that I would finish 'in just seven days' or less. Yes, I did run the entire race carrying those dumbbells.
There were free drinks bottle refills and sweeties for those taking part as well as free ice creams for the finishers (great incentive!), there was also the option of a nice cheap sports massage at the end of the race.
We stayed overnight a few miles away and headed down to register for the event just after nine am. The race itself started at 10am and every time you went past the finish line they punched a little record card we were given to mark off how many laps had been completed. During the race they played some music to keep us all motivated, mainly the RHPS soundtrack and a few other related numbers.
One slightly weird thing, although great fun, was the large gold hat that was passed from runner to runner as the event took place. I even got it at one stage, bit hot to run in, but suitably silly.
The weather forecast for the day was rain, but we didn't mind. As it turned out apart from a few spots of rain when we got out of the car the day stayed fine. In fact the sun came out and it got fairly warm by around 11.30am. One thing (idiot that I am) I didn't even consider was sun cream, and having stood in the sun for over four hours I got quite nicely sunburnt, a fact I only noticed when I took off my shirt when we got home that night. Note to self.....
As is said, the whole event was brilliantly organised and this year there was a choice of medals. One with the lips and Frank and another that glowed in the dark.
It was also lovely to see Sue and Neil who were also taking part in the race, they did the 10km and also Joe and Stuart, who came along to support us all and take a few photos.
Stephanie completed her first ever half-marathon for a personal best time.
Joe, Sue and Eleta Newby Photography, kindly allowed us to use their photographs from the day for our photo gallery below.
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