Along the way, Alicia and I met up with Alpha and then Katie at the venue. The station was a short, short walk from the start line where we joined the queue to pick up our race numbers, tshirts and swag! The queue moved super fast and we chatted the time away.
Once our tshirts were donned, people were already chucking their dye all over the place. I didn't quite see the attraction until I did it myself! There's a strange cathartic release you get from this...it was like I'm (almost) 30 going on 13! It was what I think young folk call having fun!
A few tunes, some chit chat and laughter before we crossed the start line!
We all started off running, but I had woken up this morning feeling like a broken woman! A sore left calf (?!) and sore neck and shoulders (whiplash from a boat in Ibiza!) meant that I had no motivation to really run! I was happy to just finish, after all, I wasn't tracking or timing this run...just there to have fun with friends!
The course went along the side of the Excel, by the river, up through the shops then wound back...via a few colour stations where we added to the artwork that our bodies had become! At the first one, I had paint thrown up my nose and in my mouth! Not the most pleasant experience! ...The next one, I got paint thrown in my eyes (I'd given my sunnies to Alpha as she lost hers and was wearing contact lenses!).... "I'm blind!" I screamed! I honestly wasn't sure how I would be able to see again but after some vigorous blinking and wiping with my spare top I regained some blurry blue vision!
Considering the amount of people I knew who were running, I didn't bump into many! Bose, Bei Bei, and Monica were the only ladies I spotted! But everyone was a little unrecognisable under all the paint!
The organisers kept us runners entertained with music along the route (better than Run To The Beat!) and we crossed the finish line to a bottle of water, the mini festival and food stalls! We headed straight to the burger van for some chips (Erm, post run carb loading?!) to tide us over till we were home again to cook!
A huge Thank You to Alicia, Katie and Alpha for indulging me with this event! And a special Thanks to Alicia for lending me her sunnies (oh, and a Congrats to her on the end of her running with Elle career! ...keep an eye out to see if she ever comes out of retirement...we can hope...). Thanks to Human Race and Run or Dye for such a fab event too!
There are still some more confirmed dates for 2014 in October! Use code SIMPELLE to get a £3 discount on your entry!
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