Well this was a great morning’s running! Firstly some ERNs turned up to cheer on Andy McMenemy, an Ultra Hero, who is attempting to run 66 consecutive 50km Ultras in UK cities. Andy started his run (his 61st consecutive ultra!) from Holyrood Palace at 0900, he was running round Arthur 10 times, and some ERNs kept him company for the first lap.
Later, 19 ERNs met up at Meadowbank Sports Centre for the last long run before next week’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival. There was a choice of either an 8 or a 5 mile route and while it was a bit drizzly at first, it cleared up later. Everyone finished in good order except Jim who had to pull up shortly after starting due to a sore back. Best wishes for a quick recovery from all your friends, hopefully everything will be fine by race day.
Afterwards, some of the runners again met up with Andy in Holyrood Park and kept him company for another lap.
Finally, it was back to Meadowbank for tea/coffee and bacon rolls. Also, many thanks to Val for the scrummy cakes!
All in all an excellent way to finish up the marathon-training Sunday runs. Now the training’s out of the way, it’s time to relax till the big day; good luck to all the runners in their efforts.
Andy’s Challenge: “On the 16th March 2011 Andy McMenemy commenced his toughest challenge yet, to run 66 ultra marathons in 66 consecutive days from each of the 66 official UK cities. There are 6 in Scotland, 5 in Ireland, 5 in Wales and 50 in England, and by undertaking this feat of epic proportions Andy will challenge the official Guinness World Record which currently rests at 52. Andy is proud to support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity who are celebrating a successful 66 years of delivering outstanding support to British Army personnel and Challenge66 is being dedicated solely to the charity to help raise funds and awareness of their work. Challenge66 will be coming to a city near you so dig deep and make a difference as every little helps.”
Phil is probably the only one of us who can imagine how he will be feeling on what will be his 61st ultra!
To find out more about the challenge, read the daily blog and most importantly support this fantastic effort, please visit the Challenge66 website at www.challenge66.org to find out more.
All the best from all your supporters at Edinburgh Running Network – truly inspirational.