This weekend I will be running the anchor-leg for Team Fetcheveryone.com at the Round Norfolk Relay. This is a truly remarkable event, my favourite race of the year. The premise is simple, teams of 17 runners each run one leg of a relay to pass a baton around the circumference of Norfolk, about 192 miles.
With over 50 teams, all requiring bike support and / or car support for the night stages it is a logistical challenge as well as a physical one requiring co-ordination over a large county to ensure that everyone is met by their teams next runner when they finish their stage.
The team spirit and cameraderie shown by all competitors is why I keep coming back for this race every year, and in particular why I run for Fetcheveryone. There is something truly surreal and wonderful about standing in the middle of nowhere at 3am in the morning waiting for a man you’ve never met to appear out of the darkness at the end of a 20 mile run and hand you a baton!
This year I am fortunate enough to be running the anchor or glory leg which finishes in the stadium at Kings Lynn infront of the massed ranks of the rest of ours and others teams. It will bring the best out of me as I love a stadium finish and hope strongly that when I enter the stadium there will be someone else in front of me to chase down.
The only downside of running the last leg is there is no clear indication of when you will be running until very late on in the race as anything can happen over the course of 192 miles. I will also be riding the support bike over the first 2 stages so will top and tail the event!
A full report will appear hear next week!