Running - Offroad race (Edale Skyline) 3:24:10  33.97 km (6:01 / km) +1413m 4:59 / km
ahr:139 max:174 (injured) shoes: Mudclaw G260
Legs felt a bit wrecked this morning... Otherwise ok. Good conditions - windy and a bit chilly but only a few clouds, great vis. Consequently left the map in my bag the whole way round.
Started conservatively up the steep field which quickly became single track and explained why everyone else didn't. Got a bit queuey which normally annoys me but didn't much today; just accepted the reduction in pace and enjoyed the scenery for a bit. Once we got onto the top, overtaking got a bit easier, but then once we hit the wind I was struggling and getting passed quite a bit too.
No real concept of where I was until recognising Noe Stool from Trigger. Very lucky to get the sharp left turn into Brown Knoll right; I've only been there from the other direction in the past. Wouldn't have turned left if the couple of people I could see didn't. On the map it doesn't look like a sharp turn, but they've built a new fence/stile... I think some of the people near the front went wrong here.
Picked up the pace a bit along the slabs but only gained two places. However was slowly catching the group ahead. Picked up one more place on the scenic ridge run toward Mam Tor - clearly enjoying the view too much - but then another 6 places along the undulations to Lose Hill despite going over the hill just after Hollins Cross rather than around (the group ahead split half and half and I decided to toss a coin rather than get the map out...called it wrong). Had a Clif bar on the climb to Lose.
Couple more places on the long downhill to the road... Then a massive 7 places on the climb up to Win Hill. Think this was due to others bonking; definitely passed a few at the water stop which I ignored (decided 500ml was enough for the conditions and just carried it, which was fine). Went vertically up Hope Brink rather than the contouring trod that everyone else took; think this was 50/50. Came back the same way from Win Hill back past CP12; my split to 14 is faster than Nathanael's here who followed a trod, so think the 'normal' way is probably best.
Gained a further 2 places to the stile - by now everyone I passed was looking pretty dead, but the ginger ale (new flavour!) Shot Bloks were doing their job. My hips had started to hurt by this stage which happens when I run too far... Bit worrying. But I knew it was nearly over! Got another 3 to Ringing Roger, and still time for just one more down the steep hill to the finish.
So interesting position analysis;
Starting slowly made it psychologically good, but I did probably lose too much time in the queues near the start. However - it was never going to be an amazing performance after yesterday, and also I didn't care if it was an amazing performance or not - because of yesterday.
Really nice route though, some great views. Would make a great day's walk. Very few people other than at Mam Tor where there was everyone.
10 mins behind N which was more than I thought I'd be - his positions went the opposite way; started 21st-ish and ended in 30th.