16C, mild and breezy, a bit misty on the tops. The race began at 19:30. I placed myself about 60% of the way back in the start chute.
I’d done a recce run on 11 June. It was really useful to know what was coming up, where the steepest parts are, the roughest terrain and steepest downhills. Used that knowledge well and I remember on a steep uphill I was striding up equally as fast as two guys in front of me shuffling uphill at a jog. Seemed to stay in roughly the same group, similar pace.
Tired on the biggest, longest downhill, but still passed a couple. Overall I felt I’d made good progress fitness-wise, having only started running off-road on 19 April. Previously I’d have never managed to keep going on the uphills.
The posted race results showed 56:11 for 112th place. I was 15th in my age category and there was a total of 173 runners overall. Chuffed with that. When I did the recce of the route my time was 1:09:34!! It shows I pushed hard today.
I’m getting hooked on trail and fell racing…..not to the detriment of doing road races/marathons though.
Distance: 5.91 miles
Time: 56:11 official, 56:10 TomTom
Avg pace: 9:28 min/mile
Elevation gain: 1209ft
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia