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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

Success! 30km, £1200+

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiMar 4th 2011
1. Woke up on time (actually only had 3 hours sleep and minimal food);
2. VERY dark, at one point was surprised at how wide the river was and discovered I was paddling at speed straight for the bank;
3. Guy provided excellent support at 3 points through to Guildford;
4. A heron followed me for several km. Beautiful;
5. Send to Addlestone seemed a very long way indeed - first 3 hours went well, the last half an hour (with no music) seemed more difficult;
6. If you paddle while speaking loudly on the phone (via loudspeaker), people think you are very strange;
7. Students after a crafty fag had a shock when they saw 50 or so senior members of staff and students who had come to meet me by the canal;
8. Having to have a freezing cold shower after paddling for 3 1/2 hours (because the pilot light had gone out in the sports hall) was NOT ideal;
9. I teach at a brilliantly supportive school - all day kids have been coming up to me to give me their change and to congratulate me. I've been genuinely touched by their interest and enthusiasm
10. I can't believe I've already raised £1200, with more pledged on Monday - this is money which will go DIRECTLY to the victims of the earthquake, not to any company, government and intermediate party.
Now for an early night...
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