Friday, 21 June 2013

A midsummer night's dream?

Good evening! And it's...

... the final countdown! Just twelve hours until the start.

For the sake of consistency, here are my stats since last time:

Distance (miles)
Time (hh:mm)
Energy (kcals) 
Since last post (15 Jun 2013)
Since records began (27 Dec 2012)

Here's hoping that I'll have bigger numbers to report in my next and final post!

We arrived on the Island yesterday evening, and have spent today enjoying the sunshine and stocking up on food, drink and medical supplies. Boots in Strand Street had a special display of items for Parish Walkers: blister pads, plasters, anti-inflammatory gels, painkillers etc. We'll need to watch the dosages  or risk violating the 'lifting' rule by floating round the course!

We walked down to the NSC earlier this evening and there was a steady stream of people arriving to register. Having the tag on your wrist definitely makes it feel more real and imminent! I also had to notify a non-starter: unfortunately my dad won't be walking with us, as he's damaged his achilles. He and my mum will support us during the day and, if I'm still on my feet, my brother and his girlfriend will be supporting during the later stages. Thanks in advance to them, and to all the volunteers who make the event possible.

For now, all is calm: no more training to be done nor preparations to be made. My only task for this evening is to keep the nerves under control and try and get a good night's sleep.

Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone taking part tomorrow. Give me a shout if you see me out on the course: I'll be wearing race number 494.


  1. Hi David,

    Great blog - enjoyed reading all the blogs? s i said to paul your fellow blogger - Doing the blog adds to the the things to organise tonight but I am sure the next one will be good to write on Sunday afternoon...

    Good luck tomorrow

  2. Thanks! Off to the NSC now. Here we go...

    1. Pretty good for a novice! Congratulations to you and Mrs W!

    2. Thanks! We were each pretty happy with the churches we reached.

      A blow-by-blow account of the race and the somewhat dramatic aftermath will follow during the day tomorrow.