We arrived at lunchtime and after having lunch with Ben and Matt in the flat, we all took a stroll into Reading to have a look at the shopping centre. I was very impressed! It is huge! I only spent a little bit of money, on a fleece to wear on our upcoming holiday to the Isle of Wight and a pair of trainers to wear when we go to California in the summer - I want to wear them around the house before we go to 'break them in'.
Later that evening we took Ben and Matt to a carvery for their evening meal, where they ate more food than I have ever seen two people eat! Ben needed to stock up on the calories as he was running the Reading Half Marathon the next morning, but I think Matt was just enjoying his food!
So, bright and early on Sunday morning (seriously, getting up at 6.30am on a Sunday morning is no joke!) we set off for the Madjeski Stadium (Reading Football team's home ground) where the marathon was starting from. The roads were a nightmare - well, they are a nightmare at the best of times with a terrible one way system, but on Sunday loads of them were closed as well, in preparation for the marathon! Having eventually found a carpark to abandon the car, Hugh and I were going to walk to the stadium - we then saw a sign that said it was 2.5 miles and then we saw a handy taxi and so took that!
We met up with Ben and Matt and walked Ben to the start line, which was outside the stadium.
|Ben before he set off for the start line|
|Look carefully, you can see him to the right and the back|
We had asked Ben how long he thought he would take. Now, bearing in mind that this was the first ever half marathon he had run, but he does train in the gym every day, he said he hoped to finish in about 1 hour and 20 minutes and he had started with the elite runners. We weren't quite sure if he would be able to do this! The first place runner entered the stadium at about 3 minutes after the hour and once it got to 15 minutes after the hour we started looking for Ben, but not really thinking he would be there.
Suddenly, there he was!
|Just to the left of the upright pole of the 'tent' you can just about make him out!|
|He is just behind the guy in the black|
We were so proud! We left the stadium and retraced our steps back outside to meet up with him and see his medal.
I had a very sweaty hug from my big boy, but I didn't mind! Apparently he had to have a nap in the afternoon!
I might be M.I.A. for a few days over Easter. I will try to keep up with everyone's blogs, but might not have internet connection, so please don't think I have forgotten you all! I will be back. Have a lovely Easter everyone - let's hope the weather warms up a bit!