It still stars: Rec, mini-me, bucket and the animals; Tyre Girl (TG) & the Earthwatch Gals (EWG); Uncle
Unloaded and lighter - TG was baaaaaacccck.....errr well not quite. A short lived burst of energy saw TG walking fast after a 50 metre slow jog. Her legs needed to recover from the earlier hauling. However her pace was fast enough to overtake the donkey, the brass horse, and the footballer.
The cleaning trucks had now appeared and the streets were empty of supporters. As we headed along a housing estate, supporters were well into celebrating the day with BBQs and parties. At this TG decided to stuff a flapjack into her gob.....
"TG!" - a gal called out of a car. "I should have known you'd be out here"
Bad timing for TG - mouth full of flapjack and unable to swallow fast enough, on the other hand good timing as TG could not remember where she'd seen the familiar face and hoped the time delay would help. She shook the gal's hand and muttered something about a full mouth.
"No worries mate, we'll see ya further up the road"
The time delay was beneficial as the next time she saw the woman, something was said to remind TG that this was one of the two2go organisers (one2go will be going ahead on 10th Sept 2011). (Nice seeing ya Kylie)
Uncle appeared and advised them not to try to follow us all the way and instead to go to certain points around the course. So as TG sped up the EWGs gave us a Mexican wave although they did continue all the way to mile 13.
TG knew we had to get moving otherwise risk the official signage being removed and having to map the route via runner's rubbish of gels and drink bottles strewn on the ground.
As TG took a slow jog towards Tower Bridge, a cool welcoming breeze floated round us. Feeling more energised, TG increased her pace and as we swung round the corner of the mall, we saw a wonderful sight........a wet road! I glided and slided and TG took it all in her stride, slowing briefly to take a gel.
Coming towards mile 13, the Fetchies were out in force, singing out choruses of encouragement from across the road. The crowd support kept us going and we sped along until we reached the underpass towards the traffic light tree. The "dancing man" was just in front and TG had to belt out a couple of power ballads.
Miles 15-19: Entering the Drunk Zone
As we approached the "drunk zone" where the streets are lined with pubs, TG entered cautiously. Ted (TG's first tyre) had told me that he and TG had a hard time in 2009 with glass bottles being slung at them and raging drunken youths spitting and yelling obsenities. We had none of that as we had entered that zone much earlier than in Ted's year and perhaps it was too early for the drunks to be drunk! Instead TG was offered a chocolate bar.
We were now steadily overtaking more participants, occasionally slowing down to help those who were struggling.
Miles 19-21: Limehouse Trouble
In 2009, TG had gangs of kids following her. This year she was thankful there were none and began counting her blessings. Perhaps a little too soon...... As we were passing Limehouse, 2 young kids of about 10 years old crept up on me. They took hold of me and TG came to a sudden stop pinging back from the pull on the rope. There was nothing I could do.
TG turned around: "Hey kids what's up?"
Kid 1: "We want your tyre"
TG: "I've got a event to finish. You can have Rec at the finish line" <I did panic at the thought of being given away to this young...errr thug"
Kid 1 demands: "We want your tyre. Give us a ride!" <kid jumps onto tyre>
TG: "Listen you can get your own tyre from a car shop. C'mon now hop off."
The kid refused continuing to demand to have a ride. TG's patience was quickly dissolving so TG tugged Rec abruptly causing the kid to jump off the tyre.
Kid laughs, taunting and antognising us for about 50 more metres before clearing off, or perhaps it was the sight of a policeman.
TG looked around to see Luke looking exhausted across the road but mustering up energy to send a cheery wave. He was only coming up to mile 13. My heart felt for him and his low profile tyres were not well trained. They were teasing Luke by digging into the smallest uneven-ness in the ground causing him dragging problems. Guess that is what happens when using "posh" tyres!!! TG sent a quick call back of encouragement and we continued in our respective directions.
TG needed to keep moving before her energy depleted. By this time the Earthwatch team had rejoined us.
Being on the pavement, we had a beautiful view of the embarkment rather than having to perservere in a dark tunnel that heads under Blackfriars. Seeing the River Thames flowing by, disseminating positive ions into the air, continued to breathe energy into the surroundings.
However TG feeling her energy levels starting to wane, asked Pippa (one of the EWGs) to pass her a honey sandwich that was in the back pack she was carrying for TG. TG slowed right down for a couple of hundred metres and it was great. I could enjoy the sun rays and the views. Having sorted out her hunger, TG was now on the move to finish the race. We were now having to interchange between road and pavement.
We saw Big Ben at 17:45. TG was on a mission to get the race done by 18:00.
Heading into St. Jame's park, TG fears of the finishing point being taken down were allayed as she saw the timer was still standing. With happiness she put in more effort to run over the line, but not before one of the other participants thought he match her and then leg it to the line. He wasn't going to be beaten by a Tyred Girl!
Job done in 8:08. TG was happy as this matched her Singapore time in Dec 2010 and the dread of 2009 that she carried on the course became nothing.
We collected over £100 in donations. Thank you to everyone who donated on the day. All donations will be going to Earthwatch.
Next month's marathon, someone has advertised that TG will be pulling a truck tyre! They must be mad.....although TG is looking at pulling Landy, a 15kg tyre. I'm trying to persuade her to take Red, my sister tyre......