Just looking at the results, bit of a weird one down in 211th place at the moment. The guy clocked 3 hours 20 to the first checkpoint, but then 4 of his next 5 splits were top 30 level. Wonder if it was someone who arrived late and spent the rest of the day trying to catch up, or whether there was a chip problem?
Underfoot conditions as expected, although the mud wasn't so bad I felt, it was the downhill stream section with the icy cold water that was the toughest. Stunning weather made the morning off-road sections really enjoyable, only one navigational mishap which resulted in a 1-2 mile detour, and that was due to following somebody with a GPS. Lesson learned - maps out from thereon in. Made a shoe and sock change at the 2nd to last checkpoint which I think was a good idea, if only for the delicious feeling of drying off wet feet with a towel, putting on a fresh layer of Kiehl's and dry socks! No blisters or rubbing today which is great. Ran the last 2 sections hard and decided I'd try and push for a sub 8 finish, which sadly didn't happen this year, but I was really pleased to have put in strong sections on the canal given this was the furthest I've run.
Bit sore today, but great experience altogether. Met some great people and the cake lived up to the billing, now I'm going to sit in bed eating cold chinese takeaway and figure out how the helldoes somebody run it in 4:48??