N is for Northumberland Coastal Marathon.

Quite possibly a race I should not have done!  Still suffering with cold symptoms I decided to do the race and just take it as easy as I could and still get around.

The weather was good not too warm with a cooling breeze coming in from the sea.  We set off along the beach from Alnmouth heading for the first food stop at Boulmer about 3.5 miles up the coast.  Each food station had the same supplies-water, coke, haribo, jelly babies and Ribena.

I set off at an easy pace already near the rear of the field I was more concerned with the coughing and spluttering I was doing than position in the field.

Terrain was good and dry paths in the main well defined and visible, however we did use the beach on several occasions.  Second drinks station was at Craster and it was come and gone in the blink of an eye.  Onwards heading north sea to the right the final drinks station at Newton Links then comes the turnaround point and down we go sea to the left and beach stretching out before us.

Covering the same ground I was feeling strong after the turn around but decided to keep to plan A and headed homeward.

Unofficial result dist 26.03, time 5:28:25 climb 1300ft.

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