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Nine Edges Endurance race

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Saturday 8 September, 10:00

Cool and drizzly, some rain, windy on the tops. The recce I did last weekend was of little to no value as land access problems changed the first few miles.

Heading up first climb to Derwent Edge

Felt good and the narrow paths on the first part backed everyone up. Slipped on the descent from Derwent Edge to Moscar House. Planted my right foot to change direction and the sandy peat caused it to go, scraped left knee, not that bad. There were other fallers, saw at least three with one lady having a bruised cheekbone.

Battle wound: not fatal

It’s a lovely route and the weather wasn’t a problem, the wind was blowing runners on to the edges rather than over the edge.

Tried to pace myself and not be too competitive. Have to save my legs for another Whitby to Scarborough run next Saturday. As the runners started to spread out more thinly I tried to keep in touch with a few on similar pace who seemed to know the route. Was following a wiggly line on my watch for navigation. But had phone, map and compass for backup.

Towards the end I tired a lot and at the finish I stood still for a minute to gather myself. A good workout, enjoyed it.

Distance: 20.52 miles

Time: 4:09:52

Avg pace: 11:48 min/mile

Calories: 2311

Ascent: 2889ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

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training session #1475

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Friday 17 August, 08:17

13C, cool, breezy, a bit overcast. Went for a long run in the Peak District, 21.6 miles. Started at Totley, went over Big Moor, Curbar, Froggatt, Longshaw, Houndkirk, Lady Canning’s Plantation, Limb Valley and looped back to the start. Ran out of water in the last couple of miles, otherwise felt good.

Distance: 21.6 miles

Time: 4:06:27

Avg pace: 11:19 min/mile

Calories: 2433

Ascent: 2324ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Wildlife: 2 deer near Wellington Monument, and herds of cows

Grindleford Gallop trail race

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Saturday 17 March, 10:05

-3C, blowing a gale adding -10 windchill and very heavy snow showers. A 21.2 mile race around the Peak District.

Shivering in the car I wasn’t looking forward to this. I’d put a fleece top in the car for afterwards, but put it on to make sure I ran hot rather than froze on the crags. Good call. I had 2 shirts, a long sleeve top from Decathlon and the New Balance fleece, with my Salomon waterproof jacket on top!

It was a mass start of a few hundred runners with a very narrow step-over bridge 400 yards away. Lots of stiles after made it stop / start for the first few miles, and stiles and gates were dotted throughout the course.

I started fairly easy and just planned to get round without sprawling in either mud or a puddle. Succeeded.

About 5 miles in I noticed we were running the route of a Calver race I did last year but in reverse. The part where I was followed by sheep there were no sheep this time, just a blizzard and my left ear feeling like it was being frozen off!

It’s been a relatively wet winter and this showed with plenty of mud. Even crossing Chatsworth estate the ‘grass’ was sodden muddy ground.

At the third drink station in Baslow I asked for a black coffee. Or tried – my face was frozen. But she understood. Had 2 gels, 500ml water, 1.5 flapjacks and half that coffee during the race.

Climbing from Baslow to Curbar Edge was a lot of straight uphill walking. Then on top it was an apocalyptic scene. Dark sky, snow was horizontal, the wind was blowing hard and towards the edge of the crag. Awful and I remember thinking conditions like this could get the organisers in trouble with plenty of runners struggling.

I knew the Curbar stretch well in reverse, have run it plenty of times. I was run / walking due to fatigue. Right heel niggle as usual.

Overall, pleased to beat the conditions and very happy with my watch time. Official results not out at time of writing but I’ll update this post. Brilliant stewards and helpers throughout. Would be nice to run this in normal and dry spring weather.

Distance: 21.2 miles

Time: 4:12:39

Avg pace: 11:55 min/mile

Calories: 2369

Ascent: 2697ft

Trainers: Inov-8 x-claw 275

training run #1239

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Saturday 25 February, 06:26

7C, cool, cloudy, windy. A 21 mile run. Legs felt OK without being super-strong, so kept it easy.  The wind was strong, mostly southerly or southwesterly.  Clouds threatened rain but I was lucky, it held off.  Had 4 gels and 1 litre of water. No heel niggles of note.  New trainers OK at this distance.  Though I slowed towards the end I was comfortable.  Even thought of going a little bit further as I approached home, but stuck to the plan I had.

Distance:  33.86km
Time:  3:17:40

Avg HR:  148bpm

Avg pace:  5:50 min/km

Calories:  2389

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin