Along with the other runners I reported to the participant centre at the Nurburgring. The centre was warm, compared to the cold and wet outside, and had a brilliant atmosphere. It was full of eager and enthusiastic cyclists and runners. The event also involves a cycle race around the Nurburgring for any keen cyclists. Find out about Rad um Ring here.
|Rad und Run!|
After the pasta and beer it was time to head back to the tent, to snuggle tightly in my sleeping bag and go to sleep.
Saturday 1st September We woke up at 6.15am. It was very cold and misty. Breakfast consisted of golden syrup flavoured porridge and about 1/2 a litre of orange squash. We headed to the ring for about 8am. There were around 1100 runners set to run the 24.4km route of the Green Hell. About 80% of them were men, with women dotted in between.
The atmosphere was exciting. Here I was, at 8.45am on a Saturday morning in September, ready to run round this world famous place. This was the place where in 1976, Niki Lauda was badly burnt when he crashed in his Ferrari, and was saved by four other heroic drivers. This was a special place that had seen many things. What a privilege to run on it.
|Nice and early at the start!|
|A few kms in and the sun is breaking through the mist!|
|After the hills I am still smiling!|
|The straight that just keeps going and going and going.....|
|Cheers!!! The beer is alcohol free by the way but was really really good!|
|A proud moment!|
|The GPS map of the run :-)|
|Thank you to my wonderful husband|
Also a final note on to the end of this blog. On the 28th August I became an Auntie to my beautiful niece, Libby, who I finally met on the Sunday after the big run. She is incredibly cute!