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Recreational pain

Steve C has raced a couple of times in recent weeks. The first outing saw him accompanied by Len (pic) in the Trail 26 organised 10K trail race, run off through Cheshire’s largest forest: Delamere. The event is notorious for some killer up hill sections and twisty, muddy, root infested technical descents. Steve reported Len was on top form and stormed it – dragging his unwitting human ‘leader’ to a top-third-of-the-field overall finish and some pretty significantly strained calves.

In his second outing, a sea-swim based triathlon that Steve has been building towards for some time, things didn’t go so well. At the briefing, competitors were told by the organiser that water temperature was 14-15 degrees but - upon starting - Steve felt they were mistaken and it was actually much colder as he encountered tell-tale tingling sensations in his face. The effect, oddly, continued onto the bike leg but then took a sinister turn when he also started to suffer from breathlessness and shooting pains. Fearing the worst, Steve retired after one lap of the bike course where an obviously concerned medic asked him if he required attention. Steve, being Steve, declined; only to be met with a query from the medic: “Not even for those jellyfish stings all over your face”…


Relief, disappointment, and pain, all in one alergic hit!


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