|Photos courtesy of Runfurther|
The start of the race route was a blank spot in my mind...guess I had repressed those 4 miles of mostly uphill singletrack, battling against the wind and mist! There was also a big clog-up at a couple of stiles...I had let too much of the field get ahead of me. Oops.
Low visibility in the first half of the race meant following the crowd around without having much idea where I was....too lazy to get the map out. That came back to bite me later on, as a guy "who said he knew the route" went wrong in a key moment on the descent from Stoodley Pike. Plenty of people followed us too, unfortunately, and I finally dug my map out. We had about a mile of forest bashing on minor trails to get back down to the proper road. I carried map in hand the rest of the race...but the damage had been done.
|Singletrack a few miles from the start|
The day got really nice about after the first few hours, sunshine and warmer temps meant that the wind didn't bite as much as usual. I was making good time though the halfway point, but after getting lost and losing 15 minutes or so, beating my previous time was getting harder to do. The hills just kept getting longer and harder, too...nothing about the course is easy. Three big climbs in the last 10 miles was a hard pill to swallow...luckily I had jelly donuts at the checkpoints to fuel me...or perhaps slow me down?
Still running at the finish
Had a nice chat with Mike before the race, and Nick afterward. The steaming veggie stew picked me up enough for the drive home and inevitable crash on the sofa!
Results for 2012 Wuthering Hike are HERE
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