Sunday 30th November 2008 was the annual race against AIDS in Anguilla, Hosted by the Optimist Club. Stanley and I headed across for the race which I had completed as my first half marathon in 2005. Over the weekend I came down with a cold and was unable to race so decided to act as a support crew for Stanley instead.
The race started promptly at 6am and the feild of 13 runners set out towards the Valley, with such a small feild it quickly began to thin out, by mile 2 of this 13.1 mile course Stanley even though he was close to the middle of the pack was running alone. With no mile markers, few water stations, spectators or other runners in sight this race is really a mental one. However, was this race lacks in amenities in makes up for in scenery. The course travels down from the Valley into the side street of this beautiful country before travelling around the coastline for the most breathtaking views of the harbour. The course finishes exactly where is started where the organisers are there to welcome you along with the particpants of the 5 and 10k races. The races are all finished in time for breakfast which is also provided at the race site. This is the perfect race for the lone runner who does not want all the bells and whistles of a larger race, it is however essential to be prepared as only water is available at the aid stations.
All in all a great way to start a Sunday morning.