Trail running 18:18:06  102.3 km (10:44 / km) +10500ft 9:17 / km
weight:150lbs shoes: Hoka Speedgoat 2
Peak District Challenge 100km
4 UTMB points
The build-up to this race over the last two weeks has been less than ideal. Got a cold/sore throat/temperature first week back at school and just couldn't shift it. Hurt my back twisting and picking something lightweight off the floor on Monday before GB Sprint and running the Sprint made that worse. Managed to see Kim on Monday and was reassured it would settle in time. Still less than fully mobile on Thursday and if the race had been Thursday night I would not have run. Thursday and Friday had a bad stomach. Had to go to bed at 8pm on Thurs and slept until 7am Fri morning. Home from work at 4pm on Friday and back to bed again for an hour or so between trips to the toilet with the squirts (nice!). Finally decided to go about 6pm having had nothing to eat since lunchtime.
Managed a couple of bags of crisps about 8:30pm before 9pm start.
We were set off one at a time so I waited until last. Jogged up road to first checkpoint and found myself with two others in the lead. Feeling OK if a little detached from my legs. After about 60 mins the other two slowed and I went ahead.
Managed to drink a little water/energy drink and took an onion bhaji at CP2 after 1:45. Over to Derwent Res still feeling good, but on road section began to slow and feel queesy. Walking a little on the flat. Slow, slow, slow on climb to Alport Towers and looking back expected to get caught. By Snake Pass feeling pretty ropey. Sat for a while at CP3 and drank some hot blackcurrant squash which seemed to help. Nothing to eat. Really glad I was carrying 6 bags of energy drink powder and 6 gels. They were never going anywhere near my stomach!
Interestingly as soon as I felt sick (Alport Towers) I put my trekking poles away and never got them back out again for the rest of the race (left them behind at 77km drop bag). Maybe need to review my use of poles in these ultra events.
Over into Edale not eating or drinking. All way up Edale on the road feeling sleepy (fortunately no benches/seats to be found or I may have stopped for a lie down). Managed half a mars bar.
By Jacob's Ladder I could see two lights behind me so forced down a cereal bar and managed to push on up the hill. Down the other side feeling better managed another cereal bar.
At Bowden Bridge CP sat for a while and re-packed my bags expecting next runners to arrive, but they didn't. Cup of water only here.
Pushed on out of CP on my own and felt OK on climb up to Rushup Edge (finger of fudge).
Brain-fart on Pennine Bridleway led to a 10 min detour as I thought I had gone off the path!. Once back on route it started to get light, which was nice.
Very slow progress from Rushup Edge to finish basically.
Took easy road/short-cut options where possible.
At each CP asked for information on second-placed runner but despite trying they were not able to help me. Was I 5 mins or 55 mins ahead?
This uncertainty does induce a horrible panic-mode, especially when a runner appeared very quickly behind me. Quick exchange of questions revealed he was on 50km route and had only set off 90 mins earlier.
By 80km thought maybe I could win, but still a few hours left to go.
At 77km drop-bag managed some nuts, a rice pudding, a steak slice and some fizzy pop, but surviving on water really. No cramping even when climbing stiles.
The last thing I remember eating was a small pastry at Froggatt Bridge. Two climbs to go. Stupidly took the road up to Edge car park narrowly avoiding getting hit by traffic. Climb out of Padley Gorge and over Owler Tor was slow, but still moving despite not eating anything more.
Final road section down into Hathersage was a walk with no energy left. Fortunately, my reception committee at the finish was looking the wrong way so I was even able to walk the last 100m!
Still can't believe:
A. I made it round after being ill and my back issues all week
B. No one beat me
C. I ate so little
After a quick hi-five celebration with anyone I could find at race HQ Helen kindly pointed out the prize list. Three vouchers (down jacket, £80 shop voucher and a wine tasting evening for 6 people). I have never won anything remotely like that before.
Chamonix 2020 here I come (once I have learned what to eat on an ultra!)