Hadrian's Wall Extravaganza

This was another memorable and thoroughly enjoyable event that was notable for the collective spirit of ingenuity and flexibility that overcame the weather, injury and illness to have a spectacular finish in the setting sun at 7:16 pm at Bowness.

The number of fit and able runners steadily declined from the 22 on Thursday to 21 on Friday, to 19 on Saturday at 8 am, then finally 17 by 3pm. All the fit participants rose to the occasion by adopting dual personalities, running for two teams at the same time, doing extra legs, moving change over points to extend legs and general pushing themselves very hard to get to the end.

We adopted the Westies tried and tested approach by starting late as a number of cars found it difficult to find the start in the dark. It was noted that the person who had to come the furthest (Rob from Edinburgh) was there first.

As it grew brighter it also got colder and wetter, but the general mood improved as we found a petrol station selling coffee and the A team arrived right on time from Glasgow.

By Chesters the shortage of fit and able runners was beginning to tell and people were seen in huddles making increasingly imaginative plans to fill in the gaps. Rumour has it there were discussion with some of the fitter tourists who were going in our direction and the possibility of using some of the many local sheep, but neither of these was put into action. Later in the day some people were driven by the heat and exertion to seek solace in a nice little pub just by a change over point and we thought we had lost them forever.

So after a great deal of hard work we all arrived at Bowness a bit foot sore but with a great sense of achievement. We were then able to head back to Greenhead for some well earned food and a Westies social evening that lasted well into the morning.

Again thanks to everyone who took part, ran and ran again, made food and worked so hard to make it fun.
The wall at a glance ( in Carlisle)the wall at a glance

Posted by John Hutchinson on Sun 1 Apr 2012 | 7 comments

Category Social Run


  1. Dave said...

    Great stuff, sounds like fun. But it's hard to believe that nobody got lost during the run, only beforehand?

    And would it be a good future algorhythm to assume that the post-extravaganza soiree lasts at least as long as the event itself? Now that would be a tradition of which Westies could be proud!

    Monday 2nd April 2012 6.25am

  2. christine said...

    Sounds hilarious and typically Westies - well done to all; sorry to have missed it! Any photos?

    Monday 2nd April 2012 12.29pm

  3. Chris said...

    Well done to John and Fiona for organising, and for the folks who turned up and ran on the day. Steffen & I had a leisurely start from Glasgow at 8am and met the teams shivvering in the car park at Chesters. Luckily the weather brightened up for my 14-mile double stager from Brocolitia to the Roman Museum. A couple of hours later I thought I might as well run again, so chased down Val, Helen and Cat on the leg from Linstock to Kirkandrews before teaming up with Steffen for swift jog along to Drumburgh to complete another 13 miles of varied riverside trail and dead straight coastal plain road.

    Monday 2nd April 2012 1.05pm

  4. John H said...

    And here are some Photos

    Monday 2nd April 2012 10.13pm

  5. Hamilton said...

    Yes, the very thought of Chesters car park, fills us all with imminent dread. If it wassnae for Rob's flapjacks and Val's banana bread, we were a gonner.When there's that evil gale ripping into your bones and Chris promptly strips to shorts & t-shirt.(We had about 4/5 layers on,at least). There must have been a collective,"Weel 'ell niver last in that garb", or "Jeez", or "Bloody Nora,He'll catch his death".
    As seen by the photos. now you will see that it did improve markedly. Sitting on the village green with the sun beginning to warm us up. But as referred to above, a precedent had been set in that Mr. Shenanigans,driver, Godfather,whatever, had kidnapped our ladies and apparently forced drink upon them. I know,it's hard to believe it, but they did slurp by some hours later,as we recoiled from the alcoholic fumes with some lame excuse or another.Clearly the evidence is for all to see as Mister Shen. to his mates spent that long in the BEER GARDEN that the phrase "caught the sun", hardly describes his face now. Try BELISHA BEACON. Certainly he will be trying to keep a low profile in the coming weeks,but we know who you are, matey. Of course he did have to promise to keep all Hadrian Wallers fully hydrated in the liquid of their choice. Well only fair 'int it.
    Again, thanks to John and Fiona for another monumental Extavaganza.

    Tuesday 3rd April 2012 2.02pm

  6. Dave said...

    Hamilton, never mind about Mr Shenanigans, whatever happened to Mr Sartorial? With that dreadful top/shorts combo that you're wearing in Johns photo No.17, you deserved, and hopefully received, a good ribbing. Even Grim looks elegant and debonair in comparison, my friend.

    It looks like dress code has slipped during the last 18 months (which is indeed saying something). Let's get Nigel back to set the standards straight!

    Wednesday 4th April 2012 5.37am

  7. Hamilton said...

    Now look, you may have a point there Dave. Must do better. Gold & Black all in one suit?

    Tuesday 10th April 2012 7.50pm

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