Helping out the Surrey Half Marathon

Surrey Half Marathon

Surrey Half Marathon

Weather is looking better today, and its an early start to get down to Woking. The club are helping out with the Surrey Half Marathon. For some mad reason I volunteered to help out with the 1st recce group. I think the reason I signed up for this was the advantage that they close the roads for the runners, and I would get to ride the course with 13 miles of closed roads. We got our little group of 4 riders and the controller drops the bombshell that the roads shut at 8am… and he wants us to ride the full course and be back for 8:45am for the start at 9am. Well it was eventually ten past eight by the time we got out onto the course and the pace was punishing. The guys did a great job of pulling me round, especially as I had to radio in our position every couple of miles and the status of the course. I have no idea what they heard down at the control centre but I am sure it was pretty garbled with me blowing my lungs out, while trying to hang onto the back of what effectively was a team time trial,

We got round just about in time and I sloped off to refuel, as they sent us back out to marshal a number of cars and checkpoints. All in all it was a very tiring day and my Strava map looks like a plate of spaghetti.

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