Before the run kicked off we grabbed breakfast in a cafe on the main road facing the sea, most of the cafes and restaurants were full of people doing the same! The half marathon was three laps down the promenade and then back past the De La Warr Pavilion, which meant I could hang out there and cheer Catherine on each time she ran past.
I also did some exploring whilst she was off running through the shingle on the far end of the course and found shelter in Tea beside the Sea cafe facing the sea in King George V Colonnade:
Obviously I had to try the cake! And I got some leek and potato soup to warm me up 🙂
I also explored some of the little shops in the King George V Colonnade – including one that made bags of all shapes and sizes from off cuts of material, something fairly unique and made some great Christmas pressies.
Partial view of the De La Warr Pavilion – built in 1935 its a listed building in the art deco style and is now a cultural centre – hosting art exhibitions and theatre events you can find out more here: De La Warr Pavilion
Runners heading past the De La Warr Pavilion
View down the promenade – the waves had been so voilent during the previous night that shingle was all over the path and the council were trying to sweep it up as the runners came past!
Sucess! Catherine with a new personal best at the end of her half marathon
A few beverages to warm up and refuel, then we were ready to grab the train back to London, a lovely day trip for me and a great time for Catherine 🙂
Never underestimate a winter’s day trip to the seaside – a completely different experience to going during the peak season!