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Lynne Dixon
The finish is in sight!

20 August 2021 06:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

 

 

Yesterday was the Long March, a lot of climbing for the first 3 sections, up to a fortress on top of the hill. That was tough. Then some rocky terrain to scramble over before we headed over the ridge and down into the valley below.

As much as I don’t like hills, the views were spectacular and absolutely worth the effort.

I took it easy on the downhill in anticipation of the long day ahead, but joined my tent mate Martha and we kept a good pace over the next couple of sections. We achieved our aim of getting to the overnight checkpoint before dark, and were rewarded by a can of coca-cola from the checkpoint crew!

We joined Emily and set off with our headtorches for the final two sections, 24km left of this stage. I wasn’t particularly confident about running in the dark, remembering my goals of completing the race and not getting injured by falling over. We followed a path by railway tracks, then across fields with yet more mud – it felt like my feet were being glued to the floor, and had extra weights attached to them, so it wasn’t easy going.

At the final checkpoint, we were told we’d soon be heading to a paved road, so delightedly I set of at a fast shuffley-walk pace with the girls close behind. I soon realised that I only had one speed, and if I slowed down I was at risk of stopping altogether, as I could feel my legs and hips starting to ache and tighten up. Knowing people were close behind gave me confidence to press on, so I followed the glowsticks and marker flags along the road, and through a village. I then saw a light ahead from another racer, and managed to catch him up and overtake, just before our road came to the middle of a forest up ahead. It was really beautiful with the smell of pine, and the trees all grey-green in the light of my headtorch. Admittedly I turned it up to max brightness for this section, but the clear wide road was very peaceful, and soon led to fields with lights in the distance….yes I’d finally made it to camp!

 

After a couple of painkillers, I had a few hours sleep, and we’ve all woken up to a glorious sunny day. The camp is at the top of a ridge with the most amazing views down into the valley below, with the river, cave houses in the cliffs, and the road we’ll be travelling down in our final section of the race tomorrow. I hope the weather is just as good tomorrow so the scenery can be appreciated in the race videos.

This afternoon is time for a nap, sorting the kit ready for the morning, and preparing for our celebration meal tonight – not sure what we are having but we are all really excited about not having to eat freeze dried camp food for once!

My legs feel surprisingly okay, so I’m looking forward to having a little run down the hill tomorrow.

Thanks for all the messages and support, they have been a great help keeping me going and getting me through it. I’m glad you are enjoying the photos and videos, I haven’t seen them yet myself, but I hope I don’t look too dirty! I promise I’ll shower a lot before I come and give you all hugs xx

 

Comments: Total (2) comments

Non Mosey

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 09:24 am

You’re amazing Lynne, nearly there and then once you properly can put your feet up, you’ll be missing it all. Enjoy the well deserved meal. Non xxxx

Penny Young

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 03:25 pm

You’re so awesome, it’ll be easy tomorrow - hope you really enjoy the final stage! We’ve been really enjoying the videos! X
Lynne Dixon
Stage 4

18 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Today started off much brighter, but with a river crossing not long after we left camp. I tried to balance on some rocks but got wet feet anyway so just waded through the rest of it.

The first parts of the race were really beautiful today, and the climbing was rewarded by the great views. The route had to be changed slightly from planned due to risk of thunder and lightening, so I was pleased there was less of the uphill.

The climbs did seem to go on forever, so I decided it was time to listen to some of my mp3 player songs from family and friends. Consequently I ended up sobbing as I got to the top, there were some real crackers in the ones I listened to today!

What goes up must come down, and there were grassy hills and then stony paths, for which I embraced my inner ‘mountain goat with luggage’ and really had fun! After the third checkpoint it seemed even hotter, but a gradual downhill to the last checkpoint.

Finished earlier than expected due to the change in elevation probably, but then we had to get a bus back to camp today, so we enjoyed more views along the way. Camp is on the shore of Lake Paravani, very beautiful if a little chilly. Luckily we are allowed our extra warm clothes bag tonight, so I’m wearing as much as possible!

Off to get some sleep before the Long March tomorrow, will check in again in two days xxxx

Comments: Total (3) comments

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 07:02 am

Lynne, I just wanted to say that I have loved following you through this race - your pre-race social media posts, the call with the Breaking 250 Group and then through the race this week. YOU ARE JUST ABOUT TO BREAK 250!!! Enjoy your rest day and the stroll to the final finish line tomorrow. Then when you look at your logistics again let me know if you have any problems or questions - volunteer Sarah and racer Marie-Paule are also going to Greece from Tbilisi.

Non Mosey

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 08:09 pm

Pity about the wet feet again Lynne. Must be horrible to run/walk in soggy shoes. Pleased to hear it was unexpectedly easier though and not too exhausted to write your blog. Good luck for tomorrow as I believe it’s going to be a long haul, you go girl 😆👍

Sarah Lacey

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 06:51 pm

It sounds like today was a good day. Rubbish about the wet feet (again) though! Enjoy the views and a rest, and then go out and nail it tomorrow. Love you lots Sarah x
Lynne Dixon
Stage 2 & 3

17 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

 

So, yesterday was a tough day. The distance didn’t seem too bad, and in the earlier parts it was flatter, so I was able to get more ‘running’ in. I think it was more like a shuffle again really, but earlier on I felt like I was making good time. A bit further in, we had no less than 7 river/water crossings, and after taking my shoes and socks off for the first few, I tried to jump across one and ended up with a completely wet shoe and a half…so just gave up and walked through the rest in my shoes. It did take quite a bit of time, as did drying off my feet and checking for blisters at checkpoints. Even on the flatter earlier sections, there was mud and rocks to content with, then later never ending hills and cobbles as we made our way up a section of history, by walking along the silk road. The whole day seemed to take forever, so by the time I made it into camp, there was just enough time to eat dinner, recover, and get into bed.

 

Today started off with wind and rain, but as we made our way through the course, it cleared up, and the sun came out. The first and second parts of the day had quite a bit of climbing to do, and the hills seemed never ending! I was really pleased to get to the second checkpoint just before 12noon, knowing that the later parts of the day were more downhill. The roads were still quite rocky, and I didn’t trust my legs to go too fast, but I made it down to camp just after 3pm, so I’ve been able to rest a bit and look at my feet, and check all of my lovely messages. Its fairly windy, but so far the rest of the day has been quite sunny which is nice. It is certainly a challenge, and tomorrow has a lot more elevation so I’m anticipating a longer day again. If I surprise myself and finish sooner then I’ll check back in and let you know how its gone!

 

Comments: Total (5) comments

Connie and Elin Young

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 05:53 pm

We are so proud of you Aunty Lynnie! Mummy squealed with excitement when she saw you in one of the videos. We would like you to try to be at the front at the start of the day so we can see you in those videos too! Have you got any blisters and have your trainers dried out yet?! Lots of love and big hugs xxxx

Jane Lumb

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 01:15 pm

Sounds like you're doing brilliantly. My Dad used to say he was happy if he managed to finish marathons in twice the time of the winner, so by that measure you're SMASHING it. Hope you've had a great day 4! Jane x

Jane Lumb

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 01:15 pm

Sounds like you're doing brilliantly. My Dad used to say he was happy if he managed to finish marathons in twice the time of the winner, so by that measure you're SMASHING it. Hope you've had a great day 4! Jane x

Corri Jones

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 06:53 am

Wow. What a great job you are doing. We saw you on one of the videos and I had a little cry of pride. I am reading your blogs to the children each day and we love hearing about your progress and are so inspired by you. Go Lynne go xxx

Shobha Silva

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 06:12 am

Gosh, you are simply amazing, Lynne! Love reading your blog posts - almost feels like I’m there watching you wade through the rivers! Hope today’s uphill climbs weren’t too tough. You can do it! Keep going!
Lynne Dixon
End of Day 1

15 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

Started off well and made it to chekpoint one ahead of cutoff time.
 
Getting to the next checkpoint was going to be more difficult with a big climb ahead.
 
The scenery was beautiful, and we went up through the forest  so enjoyed the shade from the trees.
 
Climbing took longer, and i was soon joined by Mark who was a great calming influence as i started to get worried about how long it would take to get to the checkpoint. We were greeted by some volunteers about 300m out, and it was a huge relief that the hardest part of the first day was done. From there some rolling hills and villages took us through a herd of cows...but they werent too interested in me luckily!
 
The final section had two river crossings, I opted to take my shoes off as I wanted them to stay dry for tomorrow. From there I could see across the valley up the hill and to the tents of camp.
 
Kept plodding up the final incline, and now back recovering after dinner.
 
Not much running today while I see how I settle in, after eating todays food the bag will be a bit lighter so off to bed now and lets see what tomorrow brings!

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Sarah Lacey

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 06:23 pm

How are you doing this? You’re a machine! Totally impressive time today. Hope your feet are ok and your muscles don’t hurt too much. We’re thinking of you all the time and sending positive running thoughts your way. Much love, Sarah, Shaun and Luke x

Gill Brown

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 11:24 am

Well done Lynne,looks beautiful. Hope all goes well in the coming days and I hope you get to enjoy the scenery!!

Shobha Silva

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 02:45 am

Well done, Lynne! Hope you had dry feet today.

Penny Connie Elin Jamie Young

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 09:42 am

You are epic! Just keep running / walking / going / swimming xxxx

Rich Mosey

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 08:20 am

Keep up the good work. We're you not tempted to get them wet and get me to bring dry ones? X

Corri Jones

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 06:01 am

Well done Lynne! Stage one done. So proud of you. Keep going xxx
Lynne Dixon
Ready to Fly!

12 August 2021 10:19 pm (GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

I am so excited to be setting off for Georgia tomorrow! When I entered this race back in November 2020, I knew the race itself would be a challenge, but did not realise that getting to the start line would be an achievement in itself.

 

During my training I’ve run my first marathon, completed a 2-day 100km event, and learnt so much about kit, nutrition, electrolytes and more, that I had never considered before. Travel arrangements have not been easy, with covid being a major spanner in the works. Packing my bags has been a logistical conundrum as well, but fingers crossed I’m all sorted now! Off to the airport in the morning!

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Samantha Fanshawe

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 06:25 am

Stage 0, Getting to the Start Line, is usually the hardest - even before COVID ... We are so happy you are going to race. Safe travels!