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.