After a good nights sleep, I was woken to blue skies and the sun shining through the window Day 2! - a great way to get you in the mood for another trail run along the North Devon Coastal Path with Trail Ferret . It was up and then down to the kitchen before people stirred to have a pre breakfast cuppa and a snack.
Breakfast was at 8am and Ben (Papa Ferret) went through the route with us - we were being dropped off by the crew bus at Lee Bay and then heading back along the coastal path to Woolacombe before turning back inland to St Georges House.
As with day 1, the support crew and minibus would be strategically placed along the route. This was a great idea and meant that we could leave drinks etc on the minibus, thus reducing the issue of back packs, which was surprisingly freeing.
We were all ready and eagerly out the door by 9.15am (no real rushing in the mornings which was great news) and off over to Lee Bay. Lee is situated on the rugged and inhospitable stretch of coast between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, which includes Bull Point (with its lighthouse) and Morte Point, both notorious for shipwrecks in earlier times, and both
on the South West Coast Path.
After being dropped off, the first leg of the route was straight up onto the cliffs and onward to Bull Point Lighthouse where the support crew was going to be.
The team were in a jovial mood, and in no time at all we were at Bull Point Lighthouse having beaten the support crew. On relaying back a message to the support crew, the team continued on to Mortehoe to where the minibus was waiting.
The climbs along this stage are moderate to hard going but worth the effort as the views are stunning and breath taking.
Along the route there is this wonderful smell of coconut (to be honest yesterday while running I was behind one of the girls in the team and smelled this coconut fragrance and thought she had coconut sun cream on) which comes from a yellow plant which grows in this region - gorse, furze or whin.
With the coconut smell, the blue skies, sun shine and seaviews - I could have easily believed I was running on a carribean island without any hesitation.
A short stop with the support crew and then we were away again round into Woolacombe and then off up onto Woolacombe Common above Woolacombe Bay where the view out across the bay was absolutely awesome.
Since leaving Lee Bay, Ben's tour guide hat was on and as we ran these stages the local knowledge was shared with us, which is great for runners as we tend to just run from A to B without bothering about historical facts.
At the end of the downs we headed back onto Woolacombe Beach and ran to the end of the bay, where the support crew were again waiting for us. From this point we headed back in land, taking in a couple of steep hard climbs to St Georges House where as like yesterday the outside ice bath was waiting (today there was no hesitation from anyone!!!)
The staff had lunch waiting for us, which as like yesterday was great and much appreciated, we spent a couple of hours chilling out in the grounds soaking up the sun and talking.
I have listed at the bottom of this blog the stats for the run.
Unlike yesterday where it was chill time all afternoon, this afternoon Ben had arranged for Andrew Blake of Bay Fitness to provide a 90 minute yoga session. Now I have never ever considered yoga so this was going to be a new experience for me and I was really looking forward to it.
On a serious note, I must admit the yoga session was a real benefit and proves that stretching pays off as afterwards I felt remarkably good!!! - I just might have to start thinking about incorporating yoga into my training schedule.
Early evening was taken up with another delicious home made dinner (chicken pie followed by banoffee pie) and then we spent the evening discussing effective training programming and underlying physiology within the relms of endurance running with Ben.
The last memory of the day is iconic of my daily life, three of us (Harry, Ellie and myself) sitting on the bench in the kitchen indulging in a not so small bowl of cornflakes - preparation for day 3!!!!
Time out - 02:35:13
Total Distance - 17.3K
Average Pace without the stops at Support Crew positions (& sight seeing) - 6;58 mins/K
Total Ascent - 745M
Ascent percentage of run - 30%
Distance of ascent - 5.18K
Run Profile - See below