Posted: 09/10/2015 at 16:38
Back from running 3 trail marathons in 3 days in Cornwall. Superb weather all week, very tricky technical trail on the third day (like Inversnaid on WHW course only worse, bigger boulders to clamber over that went on forever and ankle breaking gaps and angles!). Only started raining when I got to Lands End (which was the finish).
Fell over when I was running the week before I left, got a severe muscular contusion to right shoulder, but nothing broken, and lots of blood from hands and knee. Spent the two weeks slowing building strength back, very painful, but the worse part was sitting in the car for two days to get down to Cornwall!!
Did lots of physio and walking and improved by the time of the first race and could carry back pack again. The third day was very sore clambering and dragging myself over rocks, and at one point hanging off a boulder by my fingertips over the edge of the cliffs! Days one and two are straightforward, some hills and steep lengths of stairs but nothing too major if you have done any of the hilly races or ultras in Scotland, but day 3 was definitely something else entirely!!
As if that wasn't enough, developed a bad cough early in the week (accommodation was quite damp) which worsened and has turned into a chest infection. So I'm just back from the docs with a course of anti-biotics and a steroid inhaler .
Apart from all that I had a great week and would highly recommend the challenge, great bunch of people, very smooth organisation. You have to grab what you want at the check points as they are not exactly forthcoming giving you stuff and I had to practically wrestle a guy to get my Cornish pasty at the finish, but as long as you are fairly self-sufficient its a great event to do.
Oh and Sand...don't talk to me about sand.... Beau Gest had nothing on this!