Really enjoyed the race today, especially the weather, but I've never run so far in single file on those narrow paths. Running round Eccup was nice to be on the flat for a couple of miles, but the queue to get over the stile was a surprise.
That last downhill through the woods was way too fast, just couldn't slow down with my legs so tired after all the other hills. Ended up grabbing hold of a tree about three quarters of the way down, or I would have fallen like GOTR.
I must do this next year to beat that last hill, but that's what I always say about the Pudsey Challenge. Still you have to try don't you...
That's the trouble with hills, Krusty, when you train on them regularly, they aren't THAT bad, but the training is hard work. Before I moved to Leeds my training was in Doncaster, where I had a 12 mile long run that used to climb about 15 feet in total, and I thought that was hard work. Now that I work in the city centre I used to train along Kirkstall Road, nice and easy, dead flat. When I ran the Pudsey 10k Challenge in 2004, it made me review my training, and now I do some hill work every week. Since then the hills don't seem that bad, as you said, and the flat sections are even faster. So training on hills is good practice, whether you race them or not.