Day 10 @ the Oval!!!!

AMAZING day all round…. having run almost 20 miles from the Staines area and had some lovely company along the way including the fantastic Paul Jones [family friend for almost 30 years]!! We arrived!

Orlando then, as ever the professional actor, whipped into the loos, changed into jeans, watched 2 overs and sprinted off for a TV casting!! Let’s hope its his lucky break 🙂

Met @runningactress bearing cake and other goodies and settled down to watch the match!!

Aside from it being freezing cold…. Seriously – JUNE???? felt more like February! We were frozen to the bone. But very happy as England and Sri Lanka both had cracking games!

And then off again to run another half marathon before kipping down under the stars? or rather the dripping wet trees….

Day 9 – still going strong…

We had a really welcome bit of company today. Uncle Mike popped along to run with us for a few miles from Devizes. Always helps having someone different to talk to! Oh, and more cake 🙂

Clocked up a handy 49 miles today. Beautiful bivvy spot on a hill overlooking a valley… And finally the relentless rain has eased…. Well on target for the Oval 2pm on Wednesday!

Day 7 & 8 – rolled into 1…

Or so it felt. Lack of sleep, couple of wrong turns, long grass meaning some paths almost impossible to run along… But still we made it with 10 mins to spare before the start of the Bristol game!!!

And who was there to meet us but the lovely @runningactress and mummy Brooke!! Bearing cake and other yummies.

Had a lovely mention on the radio from the @tms lot – thank you!! And met some cool people at the game – including a couple of Cricket coaches from Cardiff.

Shame the match was stopped due to rain :(. Good innings from Sri Lanka!

Also an awesome naval dude going by the name of “Fred Perry” sponsored us a tenner!! @lordstaverners – bring it on!!!

Finished on 275 miles today – and 3 matches down!

I did also try to snog this lovely lady in my sleep, #‎sexyslugfuntimes‬

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Day 6 – Edgbaston!!

Wowser… Little one sided…. but what a fab match!!!! And the running continues….

Beautiful bivvy spot tonight. Little canapé to protect from the rain. Score!!!

Except the night gods were against us… The slope we were lying on continued to get steeper – or so it felt and we didn’t get wink.. Still onward somewhat bleary eyed and a little foot sore… South south south towards Bristol!!!

 

Day 5 – spoilt rotten

Luckily we were spoilt rotten last night. Having run a very manageable 28.5 miles our lovely friends gave us a bed for the night in Sutton Coldfield. Bed and food. Catch up on some much needed zzzzss  before hitting the road again and heading to Friday’s ODI!

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Nice to have a leisurely few days – before the miles start to increase again

According to trusty garmin we have reached 195 miles since leaving at 4pm on Sunday [not bad all things considered!] – average of 43.333 not that we’re counting!

Day 4 – taking it easy like…

Wednesday has been rather more leisurely. After the swimming through the canal debacles of Monday!

Cake and views

Oh and Dorset’s Man of Steel [aka Nick Brooke] shows the youth of today how it is done….

Poor Orlando struggling to keep up 🙂

Showing him how it's done

That is all… Oh apart from our lovely bed field – ah the joys of 5* hotels

Relaxing in camp

Day 3 [not in the BB house!]

Wow what a match!!! Made all the aches and pains and niggles worth it…

Dream come true – we had a shout out from the TMS box…. Maybe we can pop by for tea and cake… Thanks to @runningactress for her fab tweets…

Go Team Brooke.

Oh yeah, and Monday was WET! Swimming through the canal more apposite than running. Perhaps we should have made this challenge a duathlon

 

Almost forgot we met lovely Stu and Nate along the way on Sunday – any little hellos like that are really good. So come find us along the canal, or at a match [but only if you come bearing cake…]IMG-20160620-WA0001