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#75 Nice-Cannes Marathon: Part 2: The Observational Run

Merci beaucoup tous le monde pour votre aide. Désolé pour seulement écrire l’anglais. J’utiliserais Google pour traduire.

Two days of campaigning, running around with participants leashed to a tyre and now run day. The thought of waking up at 4:45am to get to the start point meant a restless night. Ah well, if I can complete a 135 miles in 59 hours without any sleep (Arrowhead 135), running a marathon distance (26.2miles) with zero sleep should be simple.

Article on the day: https://www.20minutes.fr/planete/2365107-20181104-nice-pourquoi-singapourienne-bouclera-marathon-nice-cannes-tractant-pneu-10kg

Chasing the Rabbit

bunny dogs

The organisers agreed to start me off at 06:30am (1.5 hours before the official start time) as long as I remained on the pavement until the elite runners had over taken. Uncle would accompany me on bicycle for as much as the route as he could.

Instructions: “Stay on the bicycle path (Promenade des Anglais) until the lead runners have over taken you”

A pre-start is like the rabbit on the track. How much distance could we (me and Teera-Wates) make before the runners caught us? Place your bets.

Route Map

It was expected that the lead runners would overtake at about 10km. My competitive streak kicked in, to see if we could make it to 15km before being caught. Storming along the course, we completed 7km/hr. We were sooo fast, we ran right past the turn off (highlighted in the above route map).

The signs changed from 11km to a 16km mark on the bend. Maybe there was a loop back? Uncle tried to call me back, instead I went over to the check point that was about 50m from the 16km sign. They were directing me towards Cannes…..ahhh the temptation…..

Uncle showed me the map…. We needed to retrace our steps and return to the turn off point just after the 11km mark. Gutted and losing 15-20 minutes, we fought as hard as we could and got to 13km before being caught.

LEad pack

C’est tant pis. Une autre temps.

nephew daughter

JJ’s nephew caught me at about 22km and JJ’s daughter at about 25km

After that so many people thanked me for the planet and for their children and grand-children….so many people motivated me on to continue the fight.

“Bon Courage!”

“Allez allez allez!”

Constant waves of cheers pushed us along especially when the pacer groups overtook.

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Collaboration

But one person can only go so fast. Many hands make light work….and on the first steep hill, one man helped to pull Teera-Wates up.

Between 30-35 km, there were more hills. Natalie (a fellow participant) came to pull the rope as did another runner when she was tiring to help me along. Another fellow runner carried Teera-Wates for 1 km.

Collaboration makes light work of the burden of waste.

It was great to have help. Great that so many people want to see change. Great that so many people want to be involved.

The only other time when runners have actively helped me pull my tyre, was in my first marathon in Singapore 2006.

Did the Runners Bin It to keep the course safe and clean?

There were many awesome runners who diverted to put their rubbish in the bins, but as the number of runners ahead of me progressively increased, more litter appeared: tubes of creams, empty gel packets, paper cups and plastic cups, banana skins, oranges, sponges. When the majority of runners had been through the check points, there were times when there was a carpet of litter on the floor (especially sponges), one had to tread carefully to ensure you didn’t trip up.

Along the coast, the wind howled and an angry spirit went through the check point, throwing plates of food and cups on the floor. Cups that had been dropped on the floor were sucked into mini vortexes to be tossed into the bushes or on the beach.

RUNNERS YOU CAN BIN IT! …Les coureurs mettent toujours vos déchets à la poubelle!

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The Finale

Running End

Completed in 7 hours and 27 seconds and collected medal and t-shirt without packaging + a small food bag with a bottle of water…..well I skipped the food bag and bottle.

And finally a quick look to see if participants understood what the bin colours meant….

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Now to write a list of recommendations to the organisation and then onwards to the Singapore Marathon to ensure participants Bin It right!

Articles after the marathon: https://www.nicematin.com/course-pedestre/elle-court-le-marathon-nice-cannes-en-tractant-un-pneu-de-10kg-et-le-boucle-en-7h-274479?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1541339007

http://www.leparisien.fr/environnement/elle-court-le-marathon-de-nice-en-tractant-un-pneu-04-11-2018-7934673.php

https://fr.news.yahoo.com/nice-pourquoi-singapourienne-bouclera-t-103102615.html

Mentioned in the 6pm news that night.

Have I inspired a nation to focus on the burden of society’s waste?

It’s already on the cards. In 2018, action started when China banned imports of recyclables. The EU has now agreed on regulations that will come into force over the coming years. France will be taxing single-use plastic in 2019, which will most likely be passed onto the consumers. It is up to the consumers to push back to ask for discounts if they BYOR (Bring Your Own Reusable) to places such as take away and shopping. Many coffee shops already provide a discount when you BYOR cup.

Keep It Away From Landfill

Manufacturers need to place a value on disposable resources so that they can reuse packaging to reduce landfill. This can be easily done by providing a small money back incentive to shoppers such as 5cts. There are already furniture & clothing manufacturers who will already take back your items when you no longer want them to refurbish/repurpose/repair and provide a money back incentive.

It is up to our societies to make the norm:

  • Reuse – by supporting organisations such as Freecycle , charity shops or hosting/attending a Really Really Free Market
  • Repair – by hosting/attending Repair Cafes (singapore call’s theirs Repair Kopitiam)
  • Repurpose – allow your DIY creative imagination make use of junk to create something unique. I have reused a bedside table in a bathroom as a sink pedestal, or door handles as coat hooks.

All stakeholders (the organisation, sponsors, and the participants) can be part of the action to reduce the environmental impact of our disposable convenience.

Let’s do it with as many Green Nudges as possible with as much collaboration as possible.

Do let me know if you would be interested in helping Nice-Cannes marathon move towards a zero waste event. Either send me a DM via Twitter or Facebook the Tyrelady

 

 

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#72 – Ladybower Trail Marathon: The Gamble

Title with cards

Tyre: Freeus-Blod
Event Type:
 Multi-terrain marathon that goes along around the Ladybower reservoir with parts that can be quite exposed to the sun. This is a small friendly event with a couple of hundred doing 1/2 marathon or full marathon distances.
Sustainability: It is a cupless event in a beautiful area around a part of the peak district so BYOB.
Start Time: 09:30
Weather: @25-28 degs C by mid-day
During: Checkpoints every 5 miles stocked with fruit, jelly babies + gels + water + isotonic to refill
At the End: Medal + t-shirt + water
Website: http://www.peakrunners.co.uk/ladybower-trail-marathon.html

The Gamble

When oi was a wee lass, me mother taught us how to play card games & then as a family used to play contract bridge. I used to play with my father & at times we’d take a gamble on contracts. My father likes to recall the time when we played together in the Pesta Sukan bridge competition in Singapore against one of the top Singaporean pairs. We somehow found ourselves in a risky 7NT contract and got lucky. This event reminded me of that game. With a relatively good hand, I started the bidding conservatively with 1NT (One No Trump playing Standard American). David (RD) responded positively and helped make the cards “look nice”. So I booked the accommodation, organised how to get to the destination, the calf was feeling great…..and parked ourselves in a safe 3NT contract. But as things go, sometimes the opposition will interfere to snatch a contract away.

A key family member (affectionately known as “Pa”) passed on to his “next journey” on the Wednesday on the week of the event. His funeral was scheduled on the Tuesday after the weekend of the marthon…..in New Zealand. From the UK, this would be a 30 hour journey and Kenny Rogers has started to sing a song.

I counted my cards and contemplated my next actions. This marathon was on the Saturday, in the Peak District, about 3-4 hours away from Heathrow. A 30 hour journey plus the time travel would see me 2 days into the future. The latest I could leave would be the Saturday evening of the event, for a Monday evening arrival.

…and Kenny sings: “If you’re gonna play the game, girl
You gotta learn to play it right”….

Ahh the choices:

A. Let the opposition steal the contract: that is let the organiser know that I cannot attend and focus on organising myself to leave with plenty of time or,

B. Check for Aces: that is see if the RD would allow an early marathon start, book an evening flight  for the Saturday evening and then the rest would be up to me + a bit of luck.

Organiser checked, flight checked…..though a top card was questionable, the calculation was possible if everything aligned correctly. I put myself in 7NT (the best contract possible with the highest amount of points to collect).

Yes a flight was booked for 9:30pm on Saturday evening, RD kindly gave me the green light to start the event two hours early at 07:30am. It would be down to me to play the cards well.

Here’s the algorithm:

Completion times at the last 2 events were Sundown 7 hours 58 minutes one month ago and Glorious Gargrave 8 hours 7 minutes one week ago. David was allowing me a special 07:30am start.

Airport at 7:30pm latest = 4 hour journey time to airport + 30 minutes shower/change + 20 minutes faff after the marathon + x unknown time to complete marathon.

Thus x = 7 hours 30 minutes worst case roughly knocking off at least half an hour from the last 2 events.

Of course Freeus-Blod would be coming along – am still trying to complete 100 marathons / ultras with a tyre! Just needed to focus on the event instead of stopping to yabber to passer-bys, and reach 13.5 miles at least by 11:00am.

And Kenny sings…..”You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them”…

The course is in the Peak District….nice undulations and somewhere along, there is a steep hill to climb to admire the views.

Route

Route is undulating with a hill to climb at about mile 14-15

At 07:30am RD flagged me off.

At about 10:00am the cards were unfolding nicely and the 10 mile check point had been reached. The volunteers were lovely and encouraging. By 10:30am a tall runner loped along, his t-shirt thoroughly soaked. He was the lead runner and had overtaken me at what I thought was about 11.5 miles.

…and the song continues – “Know when to walk away, know when to run”

I needed to push on… that’s what Salt N Pepa tell me…

Coming round at the bottom of the lake, a couple of cyclists held a gate open for me to pass through, and stopped me to ask what Freeus-Blod was doing. We chatted for a couple of minutes, they gave me some money for EarthWatch, we talked some more, took some photos and then I hurried on (thank you to the man and woman cyclist) towards a road, which was a 2 mile entrance towards the Lady Bower car park where I had registered earlier on.

Another lady stopped me to have a chat. Had a quick conversation to find out she was walking to a pub to meet her daughter to later cheer her son who was in the event. Of course she asked for a ride….Freeus was in no mood to entertain the thought. Time was ticking on and the tricks were being taken, but it didn’t seem enough. Arrowhead 135 had shown me how the mind can distort time and distance, so the confidence was a little low.

Back to Kenny…
“You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done”

Mind Torture

Having not reviewed the route prior to the event, had thought this was a double loop, hence the mid-point (13 miles) should be from whence we started. The clock struck 11am, the sun was beating down and the mind told me “how about adding another 15 minutes more?”. 15 minutes went by and the mind told me “it would be sensible to quit when you get to the next check point to ensure time to get to the airport”.

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser

By 11:35am a check point appeared diverting us away from heading onwards to the “Start” point. Am ready to throw in the towel except the marshal tells me “It is mile 14 and you’re doing really well”. Am confused but a voice in my head dares me to continue reminding me the RD had earlier told me that at mile 15 there is a steep hill to the edge….and at this check point there is a steep hill! A triple check with everyone and the head said “get on that hill”.

Freeus jumped on me shoulder, for a ride. In fact she stayed on for most of that section as she clung on to so many rocks and roots sticking out of the ground. There are some glorious panoramic views of the Peaks at the top but there is no time to take pretty pictures.

As we leave that section and returned to a couple of miles into the route of the first lap, another group of runners stopped to have a chat, estimating that we are at mile 17 at 12:15pm

I wanted to believe the possibility, but didn’t want to disappoint myself, so the demon voice told me “you’re a foolish idiot, Uncle will be mad at you and it’s probably only mile 16 you need to quit”.

Ahh yes Queen…..

Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure that brings a building down
Splits a family in two

…and then Pa popped into my head cheerily smiling, telling me “You nutter but you’ll do good. Go for it.”

The point about a bridge contract is you create a plan of play at the start and adapt as the cards unveil themselves.

Another cyclist stopped to have a chat. He and family were heading to the lakes for a swim. With the clear blue sky and strong sun, that sounded a dream. But “allons-y”, I had to go and the cyclist pressed a 5 pound note in my hand for my cause (EarthWatch).  A feeling of guilt rushed over me for moving on so quickly but I couldn’t let Pa down.

Some distance on, a runner is limping and stretching at the side of the road. I stopped to check he is okay and if he needed any water. This is his first marathon and he is now at the furthest distance, thinking it is mile 18-19. I get him going for a short while, but the ticking clock in my head urged me to keep moving. We get to the next check point at mile 20. Yummy melon and oranges were being served up – perfect for the hot day but no time to chat.

I assumed the next check point would be at mile 23. Again the demon brain told me “You’re so selfish jeopardising family for your own selfish ego….”. Yes I am imperfect and embrace my imperfections.

There aren’t many cards left and with the heat bearing down, am starting to believe have played the wrong card. My mind reflects on Arrowhead135 when the space, time and distance were all out of sync…. my demon brain tells me “You’ll never make it. You probably have 3 more miles and you won’t make it to the airport”. It is nearly 14:30 and having to cover 3 more miles would mean about another hour.

As another runner passes, I panickingly ask “Do you know how many more miles it is to the end?”

Runner: “About one!”

We turned a corner to a downhill slope all the way to the end.

The finish line is crossed in 7:07. Made it back home to have a shower and caught flight. Contract completed.

Many thank yous to Dave and Amanda (RDs) for your very kind generosity. Always to the volunteers to where very encouraging all the way and to the various cyclists who kindly pressed money into my hand £14.30 to EarthWatch.

Well stocked check points, loved the reusing of bottles to make up isotonic and appreciated the fruit offerings. Way better than jelly babies.

Would definitely recommend this marathon event.

Next write up: Plym Trail Marathon

 

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Introducing Big Bluey

Big Bluey has been around since end of last year. Big Bluey is a dedicated 5K racing tyre, promoting BYOR to reduce the amount of disposable plastic trash, supporting Sky Ocean Rescue mission and #5ThingsClear

This is Big Bluey’s story:

For anyone wanting to pull Big Bluey you will need to pledge to reduce your usage of disposable/single-use plastic with a BYOR attitude.

You can also donate to EarthWatch, a charity that Tyre Lady supports: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TyreLady

 

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#68 RTTK 2017: Karaoke Ultra Challenge: The Chipmunks (Part 6)

Previously…

  • By checkpoint 6:  39 songs  accepted, 9 disallowed and 1 under review
  • 1 more checkpoint and 11 more miles left

Having taken a break from listening to myself, am now ready to complete the challenging review task.

Onwards to CP7

Rejected: 4 songs due to various reasons (mostly confusion) embedded in the videos
Accepted: 4 songs

#40: I Like the Flowers

As one song is still under review, we will discount it from the total for now. Have been playing with a video editing software, and added some animation to photographs. This song reminds me of wild camping and trekking in the mountains. The photos here are from a buddy who conquered her height fear along a narrow ridge in North Wales with the right motivation 🙂

#41: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

This is a song that both my parents like me singing for whatever reason. Blame it on my folks that I sing whenever I feel like singing!! 3 songs were rejected in this video due to lines sung incorrectly, verse incomplete (was so sure I had completed), confusion in the song (it was about 1:30 am and my head was tired). Anyhoo I do like the sped up version 🙂

#42: Father God and #43: Time Is Like A Dream

First 2 songs sound better sped up 🙂 Also discovered a cropping tool to reduce the babble. Yah!

The last song is at pit stop 7. Lizzy was an amazing backing person and Ben – what a voice! Sadly the entry has been disallowed from the total number of complete verses as it has been deemed only the chorus was song!

Total accepts songs sung = 43
Total disallowed songs = 13
Total under review = 1

7-9 more miles to the end and still looking shy of 53 complete songs.

Next post: Galloping to the End

 

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#68 RTTK 2017: Karaoke Ultra Challenge: In A World of Darkness (Part 5)

Previously…

  • By checkpoint 4:  25 songs  accepted and 7 rejected
  • 3 more checkpoints and 20 more miles left

In this post we get to checkpoint 6.  By this checkpoint, two songs have been rejected, one song is under review and 14 songs have been accepted. This brings the tally of songs by CP6 to 39 songs accepted, 9 rejected, 1 under review. TL must complete at least 53 songs by the finish or face a DNF. She has 9 more miles with a final checkpoint 7 before the finish point.

NOTE: If you really want to listen to the noise in these videos, YouTube has a fast setting, makes me sound like “pinky and perky”.

Rejected List

  • Memories
  • I Don’t Like Mondays

In both songs the words were muddled and confused

Under Review List

#39: Human Emotions*

This song is made up by Tyre Lady’s alter ego. The judging panel feel it should be disallowed as:

  • The songs sung should be words to existing songs
  • Words cannot be fabricated on the day

TL argues that this song was created years ago, therefore is an existing song and has paper evidence of the entire song. This song has been put aside and will be judged when evidence is produced.

 

Accepted List

#26: You Needed Me/ #28: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again/ #29: I Whistle A Happy Tune

Songs dedicated to Uncle who has supported me on so many of these events by dropping me off and picking me up at the end.

#27: Hallelujah: Sung with Kath and dedicated to my Singapore buddies who have encouraged my madness and eccentricities 🙂

Rainbow Songs: #30: I Can Sing A Rainbow / #31: Somewhere Over the Rainbow / #32: Somewhere

And the sun set “kind of”. Being the summer solstice, a dim glow on the horizon remained throughout the night. However having to enter into woodlands the darkness spread into all corners of TL’s world, and she began to sing.

#33: Summer Time / #34: Shall We Dance

And TL remembered why she did this challenge in the heat of a mad moment and imagined dancing through the woodlands. These songs are dedicated to Stuart and his dance challenge over an ultra distance.

#35: Do Re Mi / #36: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

As the night continued TL’s head became quite confused. So reverted to some easier songs.

Songs for My Thai Buddies: #37: Song of the King / #38: My Lord and Master

Singing King and I songs reminded me of all the fantastic Thai people who looked after me at Chanthaburi and the lovely drag Queen who also ran the event 🙂

#40: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Checkpoint 6

These 2 wonderful volunteers at checkpoint 6 were so happy despite the time being nearly 1 am. Even had time for a discussion about runners/walkers bringing their own cups or the organisation providing each runner with a collapsible cup that could be used at checkpoints to reduce the amount of plastic trash an event produces.

Between checkpoint 4 to checkpoint 6 (about 11 miles) :

  • 14 accepted
  • 2 rejected
  • 1 under review

9 more miles to complete and TL must find 14 more songs before the end to be in the clear, otherwise face doing this all over again next year!

An observation, having to sing distracted TL from her niggly hip and at times it felt normal.

Next post: Is It the Challenge Complete?

For those following, this final post will be completed sometime next week as blogging is soooo time consuming and I need to find the enthusiasm to complete this saga as well as get the final submissions recognised and counted.

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#68 RTTK 2017: Karaoke Ultra Challenge: The Wonders of A Walking Stick (Part 4)

PIt Stops

Note: Basecamp was stated as 26.6 miles on the day

Previously…

  • By CP3: the tally stands at 17 songs accepted, 6 rejected
  • CP3 is a luxury pit stop with all you can eat pasta/pizza/soup/fruit buffets and…an amazing cake buffet

In Dispute 😦

I feel the following should be accepted. But the panel has rejected this submission as one word was sung incorrectly and apparently changed the meaning of the verse! Sang “Quiet” instead of “Mighty”. Do the public feel the words matter?

Latif, Jazz and Manj – you guys were amazing.

Accepted List

#18: On My Own:

Having just left CP3 by myself all was fine for a wee while. The deep massage had loosened up the “stiff leg” as Andrew (the massage therapist) had worked deeply on the abductors. I was free to move though that freedom ended too quickly.

#19: I Dreamed A Dream:

I’ve always wondered why masseurs tell you to do nothing after a deep massage. Now I knew why…..I began to talk to God and requested a walking stick. As my eyes foraged along the ground of the forest floor on either side of me, I spied a thin long branch partly buried amongst the dry leaves.  Though the sapless branch was dry it was firm enough. I snapped it into two, enjoying the crisp snap that dry wood makes and made myself the perfect walking stick, leaving the other part for someone else to perhaps pick up in their time of need.

#20: Colors of the Wind: Dedicated to those who like the wilderness

The stick was awesome. The slow slog pace had now quickened to a better walking pace, though strangely I found aided running easier on the leg than walking! Must do more training!!!

#21: Three Blind Mice:

Dedicated to all the wee children out there. Back up support from the boyz (Latif, Jazz, and beat box Manj)

#22: I Love You Lord:

Dedicated to God for keeping me safe and always showing me the magic of this world.

#23: I Wanna Go to the Overworld:

Dedicated to my family, brothers and their kids. May we continue to invent and imagine.

#24: Livin’ On A Prayer:

Dedicated to James from Tesco and his Dad

#25: Hey Diddle Diddle:

Dedicated to everyone who has a small child

By check point 4, the grand total is 25 with the public to vote on the acceptance of “Lion Sleeps Tonight”  28 more songs to sing for 20 miles.

Leaving CP4, Dave (RD) gave me a kind reminder, the leg should get better……in my head that meant get out of the stiff leg walk and relax the muscle.

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Sunset view from CP4

Next post: The Darkness Comes

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#68: RTTK 2017: Karaoke Ultra Challenge: 1/2 Way There And Not Enough Songs (Part 3)

Previously…

  • 10 songs accepted by CP2
  • One hip flexor niggle from over-pronating to avoid a stone embedded in the sandal sole

By the end of CP3 (26.6 miles in 7 hrs 47 mins)

Out of 9 songs submitted, 7 were accepted. This brings the total tally to 17 out of 53 songs to complete. There are 26.9 miles left and a DNF is now a possibility due to an incomplete song list, unless Tyre Lady has something up her sleeveless sleeves.

As for the hip flexor it was hurting on arrival into CP3. Decided a massage would help…..but perhaps it was too deep a massage (was all for the elbow in). Hip was great for 5 minutes on leaving CP3, then it throbbed and burned like hell on fire!

I rejected taking Ibuprofen cos I like to feel my pain to respect the pain!

Disallowed List:

  • We are the Champions – only the chorus was sung
  • Livin’ On a Prayer – no video evidence was provided. Verbal evidence is not permitted.

Accepted List

#11: I Know Him So Well

Thanks Adrian for being such a good sport and singing a girly song with me 🙂

#12: On the Overoad

This is from a favourite album that my mother used to play for us kids on a long car drive. It’s from “Oliver and the Overworld” by Freddie and the Dreamers. Used it to motor down a hill. Thank you to Kath and the 3 lads for letting me by 😉

#13: Oh What A Beautiful Morning

#14: Castle On a Cloud

#15: Greatest Love

Song is dedicated to Toni and her lovely boys xxx

#16: There’s a Hole in My Bucket

The great thing about singing a song when you’re in pain, is that it does distract from thinking about pain. Thanks to Alison and Nicky once again for your help 😉

 

#17: Run to You

We grooved, we moved….thank you Joey (MC) for your enthusiasm and fun. Song is dedicated to Julie and her family.

Tyre Lady will need to pull her socks up and complete at least 36 songs during the 26.9 miles. However, as she has completed the event, she will not have known that 6 songs would have been rejected. The panel are still checking the songs.

Next post: To Checkpoint 4

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#68 Race to the Kings: Karaoke Ultra Challenge: Complacency Hurts (Part 2)

So from the previous post, 6 verses were accepted out of the 10 submitted. A bit harsh on Morning Has Broken, but have to accept the rules.

My Polar Buddy used to drill into me “If there is a problem, sort it sooner than later to circumvent any future issues.”

So onwards to checkpoint 2 (CP2). Here’s the first song after CP1.

“Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics: Accepted as first verse was sung correctly

During this part of the journey, stones had been rolling in and wedging themselves between my right foot and the sole of my sandal but they would also roll out.  It seemed strange there were so many. I ignored the warning dull sensation and sometimes over-pronated my landing to avoid landing directly on a stone under the ball of my foot. There was always a song to sing to divert a pain.

“Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA – Accepted as words to first verse were correct.

As time went on, the underfoot jabs began to intensify.  I stopped several times to wipe the underside of my foot. Then, took my sock off believing there to be something stuck in the sock. I believed this helped, but in truth did nothing. There was a small callus on the ball of the foot, so thought this was actually the issue and would fix this at CP2. Though I did think it strange that the stones kept rolling under my right foot,  I continued to over-pronate for some miles believing it would only be for a short while. In that “short while” a hip flexor niggle began to surface. Of course another song was due and Alison and Nicky came to my aid to provide another short distraction from my own discomfort.

“Ging Gang Goolie” a Camp Fire Song with Alison and Nicky: Accepted as TL corrected words when fluffed!

I continued over-pronating believing everything would be fine, just wanting to get to CP2, but complacency is a fool’s symptom. I would complete about 9km landing in a way that was untrained.

The hip flexor niggle became sore. The Tyre Lady hobbled into CP2.

Whilst talking through the situation with one of the participants (Craig), I took off my shoe and found there was no foot pain when stepping on the soft grass.

The pennies fell out of the sky. Embedded in the under-sole of the sandal was a stone that had an evil sharp edge that had pierced the top of the sole. Though Craig took out his big blade, I managed to womanly handle my sandal and prised out the stone. I handed the knife edged stone to Craig and his buddy to admire and immediately went over to the medic tent. There, my sandal was patched with KT tape. However the fix might have come too late…But a song was due.

HoleyShoe

At Checkpoint 2: “I’m Gonna Be” dedicated to John Lennon – a Parkrun buddy. First verse accepted.

…although Ian said he wouldn’t join me, he really did want to join in 🙂 That was him whistling in the back ground at the end.

Thank you to everyone at CP2 and Alison, Nicky and friend for completing I’m Gonna Be.

So 4/4 songs accepted which brings the total to 10 songs by CP2.

Next post: Onwards to CP3 and paying the price of a school girl error

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#68 Race to the Kings: Karaoke Ultra Challenge: Verifying Start to Check Point 1 (Part 1)

Event Type: 53.5 mile trail ultra following the South Downs Way with a couple of miles on the main road.
Start Time:
Depends on how fast you said you would complete. (Between 08:00-08:45)
Weather: Between @ 16 degs C to 19 degs C. Some showers and lots of wind
Checkpoints: Well stocked with all sorts of food & drink, with porta-loos,
Mid-Point: Check out the cake buffet, then the pasta and pizza buffets. Massages, Beer, Hot showers 🙂

During: Professional pictures taken were streamed live to your Facebook profile via Pic2Go if you had subscribed.
At the End: Medal + food to eat

Website:http://www.racetotheking.com/

Overview: This event is like going on a long haul 20 hour flight in Business Class

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Sing at least 53 complete verses from 53 songs over 53 miles.

  • Evidence must be produced in the form of a video recording of each song + words.
  • A chorus is not counted as a verse unless it really is a verse within the song. An email was sent to the organisers to confirm the challenge would take place.

 

Below are the first 10 video submissions that have been verified and counted. All videos can be found on YouTube with words to verify the verse sung. Warning: lots of heavy breathing.

Disallowed: Tyre Lady did not complete a verse, letting Patrick and his team do all the singing.

Disallowed: As the intention was to sing the correct words, the last line was incorrectly sung.

Anyhoo thank you team Pom-Orange for trying to help 🙂

Accepted as one complete verse was correctly sung

Easy acceptance by the panel: Song dedicated to Kalpa’s daughter Jill who celebrated her first birthday on 24th June. Thanks Stuart for celebrating.

Disallowed: Chorus only and incomplete. Thank you Gary…..ya got away 😉

This song is from the TV show, The Big Bang and is dedicated to 2 great friends Sharon and Jessica who helped me learn these lyrics two nights before race day. The operatic version is dedicated to Claire from “The Stables” in Fontwell, Chichester.

Thank you to Holly, Sue and Lana for lending your operatic voices.

This one is a close call. The panel gave the benefit of the doubt and has allowed this as a verse.

Thank you to Ellen and Liza

An easy acceptance by the panel. Thank you everyone that was at check point 1

An easy acceptance by the panel. Thank you to Anna and Edward

So from the first submitted 10 songs, the panel have allowed 6 out of the 10 songs to be counted towards the final count. Do the public think this is fair? If TL does not complete 53 verses from 53 songs, the event will be a DNF (Did Not Finish).

Part 2 coming up: Onwards to Check Point 2