Author: Sophie Carter/Sam Amend
Not one to blow her trumpet I will write on Sophie’s behalf. Sadly for myself, I only managed to reach what was the 75k mark due to terrible pain from the camber of the roads, and stiffness in the right side of my leg. This wasn’t due to lack of miles or pace, maybe not as race sharp due to Glandular fever. Ultimately what put end to my race that I was leading the was the hamstring pain and achillies not allowing me to lift my right leg biomechanically. I ended up in the last few miles of the 46.5 miles run shuffling back to the start/finish area with knowing 15 miles like this was too much.
On a posit, ve note I had run the furthest since glandular and had every intention to finish, sadly not my day. Onto what turned into a great day regardless was something also important to Sophie. We ran together a bit although Sophie dropped the pace she was determined to finish reminding herself why she was running….. ” Her mum would be proud”. It was a tough day on the road, with the camber surface, and what was a very warm day on an exposed course. Two of the 5 England girls dropped out along with several in the open race. Sophie did Belgrave proud and finished behind Sue Harrison in a very commendable first attempt in 8hrs 11.42.
L: Sophie Carter, Sue Harrison, Melissa Venables