Eddie decided last year he wanted to do the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon, and I didn’t mind. I have told him that as long as the races are in nice places to visit I am more than happy.
We hadn’t been to Cambridge before and I thought it was a lovely place. Beautiful buildings with a good selection of shops. All of it seemed in easy walking or biking distance.
I mean bikes are everywhere – when I say everywhere I mean everywhere. Most streets have bikes parked up and tied to fences; then there are bikes outside shops and they have specific bike parking areas too.
I loved the fact that there are lots of green spaces too – quite a few commons and parks. Surprisingly, we saw very few dogs. I am not sure if this is related to the fact there are a lot of students and perhaps student accommodation do not allow for pets, or if it was just that there wasn’t any out at the weekend. We did try in vain to find a pet shop so we could bring something back for Luna, but we couldn’t find one.
My photo’s do not really do justice to how beautiful the buildings are. It turned a little dull so photos never look as pretty!! It was so busy on the day of the race I couldn’t even get a picture of The Corpus Clock without someone in front – there was a constant queue!!
As we were going down for Eddie to do the race, we didn’t really want expensive accommodation. And accommodation in Cambridge can be expensive. I searched on booking.com for one near to where the start and finish was – I actually couldn’t have done better as it was literally a 5-minute walk. I must admit West Court Cambridge was brilliant.
They did upgrade us. I booked a room with a shared bathroom, but we got a proper room with ensuite. There was all of the usual things you expect – tea, coffee and a kettle. It was nice to get a couple of sachets of hot chocolate as we haven’t always had them; there was also a little fridge with a couple of bottles of water in. Toiletries were also provided and they were nice ones too. We even had a balcony with sliding doors!! Ooooh!!
Breakfast was in a long “refectory” room. There was one hot breakfast item made to order – scrambled eggs and salmon, so we didn’t partake as we don’t really like Salmon. The rest was continental but of a good standard – nice bread you cut yourself to toast. Creamy porridge, fruit and thick Greek yoghurt to name a small part of it.
Despite being away I made healthy food choices – porridge with fruit and a slice of the nutty bread toasted. I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay. The location was perfect for the shops and although parking is limited we managed to get a space but also noticed a car park a few mins away around the corner.
The Race itself
Eddie was ill for the two weeks prior to the race. He had a really bad virus that I had had the week before. He had such a bad cough that I really did not think he would make it around 13 miles. I mean I did a half marathon before (I think anyone who knows me is bored of me saying that lol) and so I know how tough it is. On Saturday night he was coughing so much in Prezzo, the waiter rushed to get him some water as he sounded like he was about to collapse (or collapse a lung).
I decided to try and get around the course to cheer him on – I got to mile 4 and mile 10 and then to the final straight. At mile 10 he looked shocking, but I knew that at that point he would make it round, even if it meant walking the last 3 miles.
He managed to finish it in 2 hours 13. This is a respectable time considering his illness (half an hour quicker than when I did it). For him, it was a personal worst time but all things considered, he is happy with it. He has said that he would do this one again – not next year but when he is fully back to fitness.
I didn’t get pics of all of the Uni buildings, we also ate at a lovely market that had some good street food, but it was just too busy to be able to get a good picture.
We never even got a chance to go punting on The Cam so we will have to go back 🙂
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