Sometimes you are grateful for hour changes, and today was one of those days ... I am not a morning person, and an extra hour in bed (for free) was most helpful. So, a 9am start (with my body thinking its 10am) in my home town was a perfectly reasonable idea.
Yes, today was Festival Place 5k, and also my first outing this year as a gorilla.
The race allowed us all to run round a shopping centre (normally a pleasure reserved for small children). The only way they could do this was before all the shops opened.
So, before we start, lets do the pre-checks...
|Warm-up, legs first ...|
|... then the arms ...|
|... check the running clock ...|
|...finally check for anyone famous in the crowd (Cllr. Keith Chapman)|
|Seconds to go ...|
A spectator caught sight of the gorilla loose in the wild (Many thanks John)
|Back to Festival Place ...|
|... and celebrate|
Tell, you what though ... you can get really peckish on these runs ...
The people of Basingstoke were really fantastic, and cheered us all on. I especially liked the wonderful reception by all the children calling 'Come on Gorilla Man!', they all seemed to love it.