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Sunday 17 October 2021

Great South Hobble

After a year off we are back at the Great South Run again. We get the train down again this time having to go via London Waterloo rather than Victoria. For a change we alight at the Harbour station which probably isn’t any nearer to our hotel than Portsmouth & Southsea but gets us more a more scenic walk. 

We stay at the Holiday Inn again with the elites and eat again at the Old Customs House in Gunwharf Quays with L’s sister and a few pints of ESB. This is after L has relived her childhood with a trip on the ferry over to Gosport which takes just four minutes in either direction. Ironically four minutes is also about as long as you'd wish to stay in Gosport.

The race itself goes about as well as my previous two this year e.g. it’s more of a hobble than a run but this time without the fainting. My time of 1:32 is 15 minutes slower than last time. The race App however refuses to acknowledge that I’ve finished, so unbelievable that the feat is, and has me stuck somewhere on the final stretch along Clarence Esplanade. Presumably collapsed given how little faith it has in me.

After the race we repeat our night out of two years ago in Southsea with a few ales in the Barley Mow where they have a rather intriguing open mic night that we’re reluctant to leave and then an excellent curry in Spice Merchants. 

Meanwhile the App says I'm still stuck on Clarence Esplanade. I wonder if I'll have finished by the morning?

(Sunday 17th October)

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