After yesterday being such a nice day I awoke to a rainy deluge and a weather forecast that was not going to get any better. This morning we were marshalling the Henley Half Marathon at the water station at Middle Assendon. There were over 2000 entrants participating in the two races. The first is a short 10K run and the second is a longer half marathon (13 miles).When we arrived on site it was tipping down with rain. The race marshals were already setting up the tables for the water station. I would like to thank the lady who lent me a golfing umbrella to shelter under, Dad just got very wet.
As the runners passed I had to give the numbers of the first three men, and three women, for both races to the control centre so that they could pass them to the public address at the start/finish line.Some of the runners had come in fancy dress and didn’t seem to mind the rain. There was Batman, Superman, bears, elves, and people in tutus, etc. Some remarked at the self-filling cups that were out for the runners. As it was cold and wet it was quite a fast race.My waterproof trousers did a good job, and under the umbrella my top did not get too wet, although I did get a bit cold. Other radio marshals around the course had radio problems as the rain got into their equipment. When I got home Mum found that my shoes and chair cushion were soaked through. Did I mention that it was very wet today?I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it is a shame that this event is the last of the season.www.henleyhalfmarathon.org.uk