Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:37
Just on the forum for first time since the weekend, and what a weekend! This race just gets better every year. So much support, camaraderie, fun and laughter over the whole weekend. It was good to meet up with so many forumites. Special mention must go to fellow Stockport Harrier Sir John a Lot on his first SNOD. You must have chased me down that hill to the finish like an animal, with your Welsh flag at the ready. You should take up fell racing.
Many thanks to T Rex, Chimney and UDS for good company throughout the weekend. UDS, brilliant result by you once again. Not bad on no running training.
Pete, good to see you again. See you same place same time next year for my 10th and your much more than that'th.
JD, really sad you had to retire. I was surprised to see you on the track after the first peak. Repair soon, and glad you're not the slightest bit depressed by it.
I always secretly hope for a sub-4 and thought it might just have been on the cards this year at halfway, but my usual extreme positive split between 1st and 2nd half put paid to that. In the end I was pleased with 4:09 and some change. Best part for me once again was the final climb and descent to the finish. I must have overtaken scores of runners on that bit. Looking at the electronic timing mins/mile, mine were 10:30 from halfway to 23 miles and 10:39 from 23 miles to the finish.