In contrast to Borrowdale yesterday, which I think was a reasonable attempt at a race which really didnt suit me, this was a lousy attempt at a race which would ordinarily have suited me very well. Just didn't have the legs - perhaps understandably, although never gonna improve without pushing myself :)
That said though... Doing this was not one of my better ideas; turned into a slog very quickly. I often underestimate the Peaks races and this was no exception. The first half was hard since it was all uphill in the heat, albeit on good ground. The second half was downhill but through peat bog, updownupdownup etc etc, and so really hard too. Normally I like flat-but-technical, but couldn't deal with it today.
Some people contoured round Alderman's near the start; there was a checkpoint on it but equally it was on the route on the map on the website, so not sure what they expected here. You can argue it either way. Lots of the route was flagged, and that bit wasn't, so fair enough maybe; but morally dubious. I'll probably do it next year, though.
Lost a lot of places on descent (used to that,though) from Dean Rocks. Lost some more on the long climb to Chew because I was walking...my legs weren't having it after yesterday. Managed some semblance of a run across to Laddow but struggled with another flat technical bit where I usually fly. Miles slower then Holme Moss last year despite that being a harder race. Picked it up a bit, maybe, on the flags to Black Hill, but then super boggy again across Dean Head Moss and couldn't get into any kind of rhythm. Overtook someone who I'd been behind for ages at the road crossing though, and another who'd bonked along the next section. Glad to finish - probably felt worse afterwards than either of the last 2 weekends, which were both much harder on paper.
Probably about 30th in a small field, 20mins down on Darren who I'm normally within a minute of either way. Definitely one to do again when well rested; good route, nice views, more challenging than expected.
Rest day called for I think.