Running - Offroad race (PSN Ashbourne to Edale) 4:30:35  51.56 km (5:15 / km) +819m 4:52 / km
ahr:148 max:166 shoes: Pegasus 36 (Blue)
1st, 40mins up, new course record :)
Wanted to keep doing 1 ultra per month at least, and this didn't clash with anything good. Despite route looking a little underwhelming, nice to do half the length of the peaks in one go.
Constant mizzle, but not actively raining, so started with just ls and 3/4s. Gloves on and off constantly; exposed in the wind at times and constantly wet due to the cloud.
Select group of about 30, some looked pretty serious. They weren't though. Started quite fast and no-one came with me, and that was that. Course record was 5:21 and on paper I thought that should be beatable.
Went through the first CP slightly before the organiser got there, and the second seemed a bit surprised too. HM in 1:38 which was a bit disappointing tbh, all easy marginally uphill trail carrying a bag, hoping for more like 1:30. Then another 5k or so easy before the tissington trail (now the pennine way and the high peak trail; gets confusing) ended. Easy Midshires way for a bit, nice downhill, before crossing the A6 and joining the Limestone way.
The Limestone way isn't like the others; it's muddy. Sliding about in road shoes but held it together ok to CP3 at Miller's Dale. Slight flooding and a steep down and uphill (Clif bar) before extremely muddy limestone way slowed me a lot - farm track with two deep ruts filled with water, and mud in between - in fell shoes the mud would have been fine, but the only way in trainers was to splash through the ankle deep water. There were several miles of that.
Marathon at 3:33 which was quite pleased with given terrain etc. Then the Limestone way got a bit nicer, up onto some moorland; probably good views of everything hadn't just been fog, couple of muddy sections but mainly good tracks. Some marginally challenging nav sections which might've confused people, but trivial with the gpx.
Slight uphill, but nothing really, onto the contour around Mam Tor and then down to Hollins (only time I saw any actual people out) and then down to Edale. Stayed upright until this bit.
Felt like I could've kept going, which is good as I'll have to next week. Probably should've run tomorrow too (Marsden to Edale, along the PW) but fancied the o instead and didn't want to push it too much before next weekend. Enjoyed it more than expected. If it's that wet in future, trail shoes would probably be better despite the 25k easy at the start.