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Dudley Ladies Dublin Divas'

On Monday 31st October some of Dudley's finest divas', Pam Edmunds, Kerri Pearson, Gail Edwards, Raj Sanghera, Anita Zammit, Brenda Hunt, Jenny Fraser and Jo Ashley, crossed the Irish Sea to take part in the Dublin Marathon, here is Pam's account of the weekend:-

WE DID IT !!

  
Had a brilliant weekend , in Dublin's Fair city' where the  Dudley ladies ran so pretty and we saw sweet Molly Malone ! (statue) 

After doing the touristy things like shops and of course the Guinness brewery and lots of sampling, we had a quiet night on  the eve of the marathon feeling very jittery and apprehensive as we retired to bed early leaving our men to  boost the profits of all those lovely little Irish bars.

 
Up at 6.00am Monday morning after having very little sleep, the hotel did special requested porridge for brekkie 
Opened a couple of good luck cards from Sheena & Tracey Bennett which made me all emotional but at least salted the oats.

It was a long walk to the start and after stretches and good luck kisses we were off.

The weather was really kind as the sun only came out at 19 miles  prior to this it was a lovely chilled breeze that kept us cool , idyllic marathon conditions. The course - well, would run it again next week ...well perhaps not that soon but fairly flat only 1 major hill that I can remember.

Lovely little Irish folk were shouting 'Well Feckin done !! you're bloody marvellous' in a strong accent which was a constant reminder that you were in the Emerald Isle .

 
I'm glad we had our Dudley Ladies vests on as supporters were calling our names out to cheer us on and that is so important after 20 miles especially !  This is where I met up with Kerri and together we encouraged each other along the  6 miles and 385 yards to the end  that felt like a very long 10 miles away ! .
 
Personally I enjoyed it however the last 5 miles were very hard ...just kept thinking ..c' mon this is just a Dimminsdale run ....then , keep going only an Awbridge to go ...but the last mile seemed to never appear, then we saw our hubbies who  shouted keep going , the finish is just round the corner which gave us the last spurt we needed.

At this point  Kerri and I had goosebumps and tears in our eyes  as we could visualise that medal round our neck. and then there it was and you still can't believe it until you actually pass through it  We stole a kiss from the lad who awarded us our medal , we think we deserved it !

 
Raj and Gail both came in with a smile, Raj too had had a good race and Gail who was a virgin marathon runner did brilliantly, saying ' Well that was OK ....I feel OK ......I'd do another definitely !! 'Now it could be the endorphins but I'll hold her to that !
 
We also met three other Dudley Ladies who we had met at the Guinness tasting stop the day before (might be why I can't remember their names!) They  all completed it and did really well.

After collecting our kitbags we all retired to our hotel to rest our weary legs ready for the celebration champagne drinks and meal that evening

Very funny scenes in Dublin  the following day as there were lots of hobblers and stiff legged folk all over the city centre wearing marathon finisher T shirts !  But it was great that total strangers said Well done or asked how was it for you .

 
None of us could do stairs very well and struggled to get up once we were down ..but was all that training worth it.?????..all those miles in the rain all those long early Sunday morning jogs along that very long canalside ...those hills & railways tracks  and all those bananas & piles of pasta  ..............YES ! .................
 
I'd say if you've never done a marathon DO IT !!! its a life experience you will be proud of forever and a memory like no other  that you will treasure !  ...
 
From happy Pam ( endorphin juices are still flowi

 

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