Having heard mixed reviews I enjoyed this more than was expecting to.
A race of three climbs - the first was runnable pretty much to the top and is right from the start, so it's over very fast. Started in the 3-4 hour section but everyone else being over-optimistic probably meant I was slowed a bit, but not significantly.
Deliberately ran the long section to the second climb comfortably and as a result was feeling good. Retrospectively could probably have pushed more here... But the second climb was really tough, 1.2Bl near the top and the whole thing just went on for ages, every so often there was a false summit with a thigh deep bog to negotiate on the other side before the hill started again.
Again cautious down the hill but the nutrition (shot bloks and energy bars; usual) started to pay dividends and overtaking people all over the place now. Struggled to find my numbered drinks bottle - note to self; if doing this again, put fluorescent tape or an LED flashing thing around the bottle - and probably lost 30s.
Third climb was a proper climb at the top, hands necessary, but before that point a lot of it was steps so possible to run, definitely not as bad as the second. At the top I realised I should probably start treating it like a race, and significantly increased my pace down the last hill and overtook a load more people. Had quite a bit of energy left at the end which is what makes me think I could've done the first flat bit a bit faster.
Happy to be under my target time of 3:45 (target because a woman who I beat at Exe to Axe last year by about 10s ran 3:46 last year, so I knew it was achievable) and awesome to sneak under 3:40 despite being outsprinted on the line. My hill climbing has improved a significant amount. And I managed not to injure anything despite falling once (landed in the right knee, luckily). Overall a great day out; right shoes, good weather, fun race.http://track.sportident.co.uk/competitor_follow.ph...