And now for something completely different…

25 July, 2010 at 21:00

If you were around Birches Valley last weekend, you couldn’t fail to notice an increase in the number of runners and the hi-viz yellow waymarkers. The Concert Site had been taken over by the “Love Life Love Running” event for the weekend. Earlier in the year, we were approached via Pat Adams of Pro-Velo fame (organisers of “Mountain Mayhem” and “Sleepless in the Saddle”) to plan, waymark and marshal the 3 courses. With an offer to increase the Chase Trails coffers, we agreed to assist.

On the Friday afternoon, the Pearson Syndicate joined me to waymark the charity mile course ready for the Saturday morning. After finishing taping the start area, we headed for the catering tent for a well earned burger and brew.

Saturday morning started early for Dave and myself – we loaded up with stakes and signs ready to drive around the Chase marking out the 10 km course. In the meantime, Sally joined Petra, Charlotte and the birthday girl, Jessica for the Donna Louise Charity Mile fun run. Well done to Jessica for finishing third!

Bruce and Jez rode around the course in double quick time to check all signs were still in place and add the kilometre markers so the runners knew how far they had to go before they could collapse in a heap at the finish – the course had some nasty climbs!

Following a quick briefing session, we headed off to our marshalling points before the run started at 1pm. Even the slowest runner completed the course in around 1hr 15 mins which was no mean feat.

After a much needed brew, we decided on a quick blast around the Dog (we do occasionally get to ride) and then joined the rest of the Pearson family for Jessica’s surprise birthday party in the Treehouse Education Centre. No jelly and ice cream but we did play “pass the parcel” and have delicious home made birthday cake thanks to Dave’s mom. Even the Easter Bunny (aka Rob) made an appearance in a bit of a inebriated state – Dutch courage I believe they call it.

Another early start on the Sunday – the 10km course required tweaking to reduce it to 7 Km for the 6 hour challenge event. I think it was meant to be for teams but there were some nutters who ran as individuals for 6 hours – respect!

Whilst some of us marshalled, Ian, Jez, Martin and Steve spent the morning tweaking the last corner before the rock steps down to Klondike bridge. The dry weather had caused the surface to break up and become badly rutted.

To finish the long weekend off, Dave and I rounded up all the waymarkers before we all headed off home for a hot bath and an early night!