Still very cold outside. Not running today but yesterday I still needed a hat and three pairs of gloves!!!! There hasn't been any snow for a week or so now but the average temperature on my training runs has still been around zero Celsius (32 Fahrenheit).
Mike Blamires recently picked up on the item from my last post about the Melbourne to Sydney race of 1985. His recent post compares the nutrition strategy of Yiannis Kouros in that race to my nutrition strategy during the Run To London. Mike does know a bit about that as he was one of my helpers last May - he ran with me for 25 miles or so beginning at about 4.30am on the Sunday morning. One thing he later said will always stay with me: "I never thought I'd see a man run 200km in 24 hours and yet look so fresh."
Thanks Mike ... without your help I couldn't have raised well over £2000.
A few days into the future now and on Friday there's the Annual Presentation Evening of my club - Otley AC. The Runner Of The Year competition was won by Tom Hannah and the Handicap competition by Billy Rayner. I didn't finish in the top three in either of those competitions but I do think that the rules of the Runner Of The Year competition make it very difficult, if not impossible, for an ultra distance runner to win.
Although I doubt I'll be collecting any trophies this year it's still an enjoyable evening with lots of food, drink and memories of 2009 with the good company of over 50 members of Otley AC. Unfortunately Fay will be absent this year, for the first time, she has another important meeting to attend instead.
Speaking of Fay ... she fell badly at lunchtime today and came home with torn trousers, a cut and badly bruised knee and a swollen hand.
On a final note all the best to William Sichel who's taking part in the Espoo indoor 24hr race in Helsinki at the weekend. He's using it as part of his build up to the 1000 mile race in Athens in March. I believe Paul Hart is also running in Helsinki.