My day started at 2.30am, I got up listening to the rain and had my breakfast and a cup of tea before getting a taxi to the bus station. As a first time user of Megabus, I expected just a couple of seats taken so early in the morning, but the bus was rammed, so much so that the only seat left was occupied by the feet of a sleeping passenger which I had to wake up.
I got comfortable for the 6 hour bus journey and tried to settle for some sleep. I snoozed a couple of times but didn't sleep; I did watch the sun rise though which was pretty fantastic.
Going into London, I kept an eye out for any landmarks and saw a good few of them, I noticed that we also did a extensive tour of the monopoly board. We arrived about 10 minutes late but I still had plenty of time to catch a train to Reigate via Redhill. After arriving in Reigate it was brilliant sunshine so I decided to walk to the meeting point; it said it was only a few minutes away. I started a brisk walk and shortly after I began I got a sharp pain in my abdomen, similar to a stitch. I powered through the pain with a few grunts and as I started up a hill wished I had booked a taxi. It was hot and I was sweating and walking up a never ending steep hill. The pain eased as I reached the summit and I turned into the car park meeting point, the walk had taken 40 minutes; so much for being a couple of minutes away!
I was early so sat in the sun on the grass and looked out over the south east and a very good view. I had some lunch and my medication before seeing the Mens Running Team. I introduced myself and was given my prize goodies; two jackets, a t-shirt, shirts, cap, trainers and bag all from the North Face, I looked snazzy in my new gear. For the next 3 hours we did hundreds of photos and an interview in the heat of the day. I chatted to the coach, Anne-Marie Lategan and the other competition winners, swapping running stories and anecdotes.
I was given a lift back to the station to start my journey home. My bus was leaving at 5pm. I was back in London in plenty of time so got something to eat at the station. The journey home had a few more stops so was to take a little longer for the return leg. Unfortunately there was also an accident on the motorway so we were delayed by a further hour.
I got home just before midnight and found it to be raining again. I got a taxi home and after telling Leonie all about my adventure and showed her my goodies I went to bed for a well earned rest.