I've been on Strava for a couple of years and the 'segments' can prove to be very addictive. I've just joined the Manchester marathon group.
I had a head torch run last night at Ladybower reservoir that was organized by a local running shop. It was wet, muddy, slippery, foggy, technical and treacherous. It was quite spooky to running in the middle of the peaks, certainly not something I would be brave enough to do on my own ! At one stage we were running across a narrow ledge that had a 200ft drop to the right ! About 7 miles with 1500ft of elevation and it all added up to some good fun.
I have cobbled together my own training plan for Manchester based on what worked for me last year. It will also, hopefully be easier on my knee than a recognized plan. Hence it being 22 weeks long (one hard week followed by one easy week all the way through the plan) and it starts next Monday !
So, the head torch run. We met at the car park which, obviously, was in total darkness apart from about 30 runners with head torches milling about. From the car park you head towards Derwent damn and at this point my head torch decided to stop working. I changed the batteries but in the process managed to break a clip of that holds the batteries in. Fortunately, the organizers had the foresight to bring some spares just in case they had some idiots running with them !
Straight into the first climb and it was immediately very wet underfoot. The higher we got the more misty it became until you could hardly see in front of you. It was really technical in places and on parts we were running on flagstones that were very wet and extremely slippery. Running to the side of these would have meant running in deep mud so that obviously wasn’t an option. At the summit we all switched our torches off and it felt very eary indeed. The decent was very tricky especially as we went along a ridge where the path was really narrow and to the right was a sheer 200ft drop, not that you could see the bottom because of the dark and fog. At this point a large hare decided to run right in front of me almost tripping me up as it took me by surprise.
We made our way down the trails and back to the reservoir where we started for a route of about 7 miles with 1500ft of elevation. It was really very enjoyable but there is no way I would do that on my own, especially with the weather as it was.