I'd lost my watch you see, so I was running blind. Really got a move on after that, but found later Mrs TR had got the time wrong - it was 1145.
After the hard terrain, boggy bits, and lots of stony sections of the first half the second was far more pleasant. A compacted earth easy-to-follow path for the most part. Stunning cliffs still and spectacular views of the various rocky islands especially Ramsey Island with its one white farmhouse. I've been inside it - great location. No pesky neighbours.
Eventually left the coast at about 23 miles for a devious route around St David's, finishing with a loop around the cathedral grounds with the bells ringing loudly and hushed visitors and us runners occasionally passing through covered in mud, salt, and sweat looking anything but holy.
A long climb back to the rugby ground finish (were earlier Mrs TR had got the car stuck on the field leaving behind two craters), a dispiriting number of loops around the posts, and a low-key finish. The most brilliant lime green finisher's T you've ever seen and stone cold showers. Well the organising company was called 'Man-Up.'
Not bad. A bit early in the racing season for me so was happy with anything under 6 hours, and came in around 5:45.
Made a few elementary mistakes such as forgetting my running rucksack so had to go round with a ridiculous child's school rucksack! Also wore a new pair of shoes straight out of the box so rather mashed feet by the end, but no blisters.
Can see why it was called 'Man-up'. Those showers were something else.
I can see you did a good time. How folks got round sub 4 hours is unbelievable.
The hardest descent was that stony one with the stones edge on and only gorse bushes to hang onto ...
Then an inland loop round the local mountain, Carn Llidi, presumably to make up the distance, before the great expanse of Whitesands Bay and the 15-mile CP. Descending towards it I was surprised to see Archie coming towards me closely followed by my good lady wife, who had decided to take a walk in my direction. The dog eyed my bag suspiciously. A nice, chance meeting, the only downside being Mrs TR told me the time was 1245. This alarmed me after she had gone - had I really taken four hours to cover 15 miles?? Surely not?