Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:53
TT - that's a pretty Stella field at Reading then, what's your pb there?
CW - hope the rest gets you back to normal training levels.
Jools - we'll done at the nationals, was it über muddy?
Bedders - nice long run banked, almost there now then!
TR - atleast you're getting back to it again.
AL P - you'll be out of this injury run soon enough, no worries.
DrD - blimey you're flying
Inov8 High Cup Nick fell race for me in Dufton Cumbria yesterday. Got to the village hall to register and realised the race was bugger than I thought. Met my NFR club mates on the Dufton green and realised there was probably a little over 200 runners (think I saw a 217) Including some good runners from the Lakeland running clubs.
Went out hardish but sensibly along the country lanes which gradually went up. We then turned onto fields which were fairly muddy then the grind up began, it's just about trying to get into groove at this point without pushing too hard. I think in some ways this is the hardest point because your system isn't up to speed yet. Couple climbs we then came around an dropped down into the main valley (it's pretty impressive so will try and find a photo to out up). Had to wade across a large stream knee deep then head up along the valley through some really boggy parts which was very draining. Finally came to the end of the valley where we went straight up, no running, hands on thighs job. I caught my NFR Clubmate whose just back from injury having done barely any running. But he's an x para so he's a bit nuts really and doesn't understand holding back,,lol
We ground out it out to the top although I could tell he was starting to run low with lacking fitness. From the top it's basically left across following the edge of the valley at the top but the wind was full on. I got onto the back to two lads from a Kendal running club and we hammered it down into the valley. A nasty little turn up and back across a muddy field knckered my legs but from there you turn back onto a country lane and then head back into Dufton and towards the green.
Just lost contact with the Elm Hill lads from Kendal but held off the lad behind me to cross the line in a very pleasing 18th out of 220 or whatever it was In 1.11.xx Still have a bit to go fitness wise but my descending is getting better now to go with my climbing. Great vibe at the end, soup, cake and lots of laughter with club mates and other runners. All the money raised from the race went to the running of the local village hall which is a nice ethos.