Date: 7 October 2017
Thanks to the early bus to the start, we had a lovely laid-back morning, awaiting the start of the marathon.
Looking a bit apprehensive at our start-line selfie.
An early ‘pinch’ in the road, as the race organiser called the little footpath near the start.
A short sharp uphill – not something we experienced too often on this very flat run.
Running along a pedestrian path between the road and the lagoon.
Having a laugh with Anita, with 40km to go!.
Following the trail of runners snaking along the edge of the lagoon.
The beautiful boardwalks of Tauranga.
Some scenic green stretches early on.
Look around too much and you risk falling into the wetland.
A tranquil park area in the middle of the city.
Crossing one of six railway lines. Just a few hundred metres after we crossed, a train came past.
Cheers to the 100 Marathon Club!
On the out-and-back stretch.
Little did I know that Ross was standing right behind me! He was supporting the 100 Marathon Club.
Nice to see Marian all smiles.
The turn-around point at the end of the out-and-back.
Some welcome sunshine at the water point on the out-and-back stretch.
Crossing the bridge on Chapel Road.
Mt Maunganui looming in the distance.
Crossing a little man-made ‘hill’.
Passing kilometre markers always gives you a bit of a boost.
Running through the industrial area.
Another ‘uphill’ towards the bridge
Mt Maunganui didn’t seem to get any closer.
Loved this spot! Even sunblock and vaseline.
Heavy traffic reminding us that this is a city marathon after all..
Passing a weekend market along the way.
Finally at the start of the loop around Mt Maunagui.
Gerry speeding to catch up with me, after taking his sweet time at the water point just before the Mount loop.
A few wee uphills around the Mount.
Even a set of stairs that was built to cross over a massive slip recently.
The loop around the Mount certainly lifted my spirits.
And Gerry enjoyed it just as much.
The loop around Mt Maunganui was my favourite part of the course.
Distant beach views.
Still smiling. 🙂
No time for picnic, Sir! Got to keep moving.
Back on the tarmac.
Buggered and still a long way to go. But two thirds down!
A very friendly water point.
A road closure truck ensuring our lane was free of traffic.
This is the inaugural Tauranga International Marathon.
Not far to go!
Finally – the finish is in sight.
Happy (and relieved!).
Oh, the pain. So much pain.
Gerry having both our beers (they ran out of ciders).
3:47am. The alarm was set to go off at 3:45, but for some reason didn’t. Unfortunately, luckily, neither Gerry or I slept much, and when Gerry checked for a second time what the time was it started sinking in that the alarm didn’t go off and that we are supposed to be getting up. Continue reading