Bags of effort today, on what proved to be quite a dangerous, slippery course, resulting in a few casualties. Many Threaders with some pained expressions on faces, if not a cut or bruise or two. It could be a lot worse, mind you. On this day in 1995 Alison Hargreaves a 33-year-old British mother, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas, so if your will power is wilting after your half hour or so, think of Alison next month.
So… to the business end and Mike Blair shot off like a bat out of Hell but couldn’t sustain the pace for his course record attempt. Nevertheless, he managed to put one and half minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Karl Webster making a welcomed return to the Thread, with hero sponsor Simon Croft in third.
Jacob Rifkin was first junior back under his dads watchful eye and bacon sandwich from the sidelines (again), with Harry Sargent and Freya Lester both demonstrated spirited runs just behind him.
Many threaders hung around the finish to welcome home Myla Atkinson after her huge effort to complete 4 laps - Myla is just 6!
Most people got the fact we have moved to charging for timing bands, but if Threaders do know of newbies wanting to give the Thread a try, please let them know about the £1 charge PLUS the donation so we don’t cut our wonderful causes short.
As ever, a huge thanks to our marshals and their tireless enthusiasm. Benefitting from Threaders generous donations to the tune of £111.33 this month will be the Meningitis Trust nominated by regular Mark Tomlinson
See you next month