As I looked at dropping from the TP100 my final push was seeing a request for assistance from the XNRG who were looking for a Sweeper on 3-4 May 2014.
This race is a two event with runners and walkers covering 30 miles a day on each day. A previous message between (Coach) Gemma was:
"Good Morning Coach, I hope you are well and uninjured. I have decided not to attempt any part of the TP100 as the temptation to push myself is too prevalent. I have however put my services forward to run as Sweeper at the Pony Express on the same weekend to do a sedate 30 miles, would this be acceptable?"
"Absolutely. A leisurely paced run with occasional walk breaks won't tax you. As long as you rest a day or two before and recover well after absolutely fine. After that, it's all slowly tapering to GUCR. Well done on making an excellent decision regarding TP. You have shown how much GUCR means to you."
So with this endorsement I was happy to drop out after first getting the confirmed response from Neil of XNRG.
To me this is perfect timing for me and mutually beneficial to both parties, I have also got it fully endorsed by the Delightful Mrs S who is really pleased as my daughter goes to University near the race and can have a day out together....WIN WIN