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    Looking forward to the 2nd running of this race on sunday. Could potentially be quite warm.

    Quite relieved that they are running it in the same direction as last year. After the hash i made of some route choices last year, i didn't want to contemplate trying to do it in reverse!

    Due to the aforementioned route cock-ups, and hopefully an improvement in performance, i'm hoping to knock some decent time off last year.... famous last words...

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    good luck!
    I'll be up at Clough Head.
    ....it's all downhill from here.

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    Good luck up in the lakes Dave!

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    Another fantastic day on the Shropshire Fells. I think anyone who was out and about today, or racing elsewhere, will know how tough conditions were today. It was like an oven.

    I assume due to the English Champs clash, it was a smaller field of about 40 on the start line. In a change from last year, most of the speedsters took the runnable alternative up the first climb. I stuck with last year's steep route and was 2nd up going that way, and 6th overall at the top.

    Managed to nail the navigation this year, and only a minor error dropping down to the next checkpoint, two Valleys over, and I was then in a battle for 8th/9th/10th, which is pretty much where I stayed until the finish.

    The long run back past the glider club, down to the road and back up to Pole Bank, was real torture in the heat. One of the guys dropped off the back of us, but a Mercia guy was too strong for me and pulled away a short way down the final descent. I did see Athers of this parish bent double at the final checkpoint, a couple of minutes in front, and wondered if I could pick up another place, but he obviously recovered well as he finished 3 mins ahead, and to be honest I was relieved there was nobody near behind me as I was a spent force by then.

    Finished 9th in 2:33..... had hoped to knock off more time than that (last year was 2:45), but given the conditions, and the fact that most people were slower today (winner Pete Vale was 7 mins slower and I was only about 20 mins behind him), I don't think I could have done much more today. But there's definitely still room for improvement, especially over the final section back from the glider club.

    Great course, mix of hard-as-nails climbs, navigational choices, and some long runnable stretches.

    Results...

    https://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/3047


    Pete

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    Good running pete. Sounds like you had a good day on the Shropshire hills. It was glorious up there...when i managed to lift my tired head and look around me. i didnt really enjoy my trot around. I was a good 20 mins slower than the previous year which i think was down to a combination of racing Ras Y Moelwyn the day before and the temperatures but i kind of expected to be. I had actually planned to go easy but as always i struggle to hold back in a race situation and managed a good 10 mile along side Simon Adney but let go with a huge bang on the run/walk up the track to pole bank. I ran down Ashes Hollow towards home in complete auto pilot and happy to just finish in one piece really. Went straight through the finish and on to the pub, number still pinned to me and ordered a pint of cold cider. A drink had never tasted so good. Cheers and well done.
    "You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back"

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    Thanks Athers....

    Yes i was somewhat surprised to see you only a few mins in front. Admittedly I've improved in the last 6 months, and the last couple of months especially it seems to have come together for me, but i suspect on a normal day i'd never be that close to you... But your 'bad' day is still ahead of my 'best race ever'!

    I may live to regret the effort as well... compare Jim Tinnion preparing for the C2C next week by walking the course in over 4 hours, with my preparation for UTS100 by hammering round as fast as i could, getting sunburnt and blistered... i think Jim's experience will win over my enthusiasm!

    One thing i have learnt from being nearer 'the front end' in the last couple of races, you can't take the foot off the gas for even a minute or there's someone on to you... After the first descent on sunday i took it easy for a minute or so and let the first lady come past me on the narrow path (well i didn't exactly have a choice), and thought, no worries, i'll catch her back up in a minute. Not a chance, she was gone. Same thing happened the other week with Mel Price and a couple of blokes who came past me, i let a 100 yard gap develop and it was game over.
    Last edited by Travs; 08-05-2018 at 01:55 PM.

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