|Delivering the pre-race briefing before the 2012 Great|
North Walk 100s trail races
I was planning an easy day anyway, but the opening at 6:00am of entries for the Great North Walk 100s (GNW100s) trail races, for which I'm the Race Director, left me with a lot of processing and a reason to stay at my desk.
What was already going to be a busy day, wasn't helped by a power cut in late afternoon, and I still have many entries to review as I update this blog. Of course, we could pay for online entry processing, but given the small size of the field we'll accept (200 entries), the cost per entry is excessive. Additionally, the extreme nature of the event, I like to try and review the entry qualifications of each applicant before accepting them.
The event is a labour of love, so I don't mind the extra work. This will be the 9th running, and although there are times I regret ever having started it, I generally think it has been a worthwhile project for my retirement. The relish the participants show for the challenge and the enthusiasm with which my Terrigal Trotters clubmates support the event is very rewarding.
While I was working full-time, I seldom had the time to help at community or sporting events. Now I'm retired, I have the opportunity to make up for those years, and I'm lucky enough to have a number of running-related activities that I enjoy helping, including organising the GNW100s.