Wednesday 15 October Cork to Castlemartyr 31.8km
Total Kilometres run: 49,619.8 for 1,145 road days
My route to the Dublin Marathon start line is 338 kilometres and the DCM is 42.2 kilometres. Grand total when my foot hits the DCM finish line on Oct 27th will be exactly 50,000km and not a metre more
16/10/2014 Thu CastleMyrtr to Dungarvan
17/10/2014 Fri Dungarvan To Waterford
18/10/2014 Sat Waterford To Kilkenny
19/10/2014 Sun Rest Day in Kilkenny
Thanks to the Gresham Metropole Hotel in Cork and manager Christine White for sponsoring tonights stay in Ireland’d second city,
Please visit their website on: HERE to book a wonderful stay in luxury.
Also thanks to Denis who ran with me today for arranging this and sponsoring my dinner tonight! Denis made a phone call to the hotel when he heard that my mam was in Cork by coincidence on a four day mini break with her senior citizens club and that they were staying in the Gresham Metropole! So tonight mam and me are in the same hotel and Siobhan is gone home for a couple of nights as Tuesday is a rest day for me.
Dinner with Mam in Cork
The day kicked off with a visit to my b&b, the Macliam Lodge in Clonakilty from the mayor of Clonakilty.
Many local runners and friends came into the breakfast room for a chat much to the amusement of four English tourists who had a tough job trying to figure out what was happening at the next table!
Before I ran out of town with Denis, Meadbh and a couple of other runners I had to stop for coffee upon request at a cafe to sample my favorite morning tipple.
A visit to a butcher followed by an audience with the towns traffic warden, a Dub. Not really sure how he ended up in Clonakilty! Then another photo shoot at Martin Kelleher’s office. And then more photos outside Meadbh’s studio, Meadbh as mentioned inflicted that wonderful massage on me last night! She also described what ‘ Manipulative Therapy ‘ is to this poor idiot.
Meadbh's Manipulative Therapy or is she trying to strangle me!
Funny how men have a different understanding to this form of therapy as practiced on them by the female gender. Or is it just me? :)
So having run the ceremonial run out of town these runners went home and back to work except Denis. We commuted to yesterdays finish location, 12 kilometres down highway 71 towards Cork. Shortly afterwards. Then in Bandon ultra popular wheel chair athlete Jerry Forde hooked up with us.
I understand Jerry would only race last years Clonakilty marathon under the condition that two bikini clad women greet him on the start line. So Bob the marathons popular race director managed to persuade Meadbh and another victim that freezing cold December morning last year to fulfill Jerry’s wish
We had a great chat as I ran and Jerry pushed his state of the art racing chair. He had raced the Charville marathon only the day before so I appreciated his huge effort coming out to accompany me to Cork city.
Another runner called Olivia though injured came out and cycled having taken a half day off work as did John. Thanks to all for such a memorable day. Siobhan drove the support car behind us on the narrow parts of the road sometimes with long tailbacks till we could let them pass. I am delighted to say not one impatient or rude honk.
Rolling down the highway.....Let it roll Jerry!
Jerry asked me many questions about the run, so lets just skip India! His eyes lit up when I suggested he should try wheel chairing it across Australia!
” Is it wheel chair friendly? ” he asked.
” Yes! I am sure it is as the road trains are less problematic on the Melbourne to Darwin route I took”
The weather has been fantastic so far. Just three half day of rain. About five or six days with about a shower lasting an hour. The temperatures are amazingly mild, the days sunny for this time of year. Could we possibly have Christmas dinner on the beach this year in Ireland. Global warming I guess is not all bad! Speaking of green issues. Today I heard what is perhaps the most bizarre comment on the whole run. Over breakfast someone mentioned they knew a woman who would not shower outside her own house as she only showers in her own home and only showers in filtered water!!! I wondered if this is lunacy but somebody suggested an allergy.
Regular readers to the blog know I have had the most incredible luck on the run and more than my fair share of breaks in the weather, long may it last