Running race (Exmoor ultra marathon ) 4:59:59  50.96 km (5:53 / km) +2053m 4:54 / km
2nd!!! my tactics going into the race was to start steady on the climbs and push on the down hills. it was a super fast race with the the top 3 all running bellow the previous course record. the first few km were quick at 3:47,4:05,4:21 and i was pretty worried to begin with and made the decision to drop back as id learned from past races that going with the fast start isn't always the right thing to do i was in 6th place going over the first 2 hills then down into the first check point i moved into 4th as there was a big gap between 3d and 4th and i didn't wanna get held up at the checkpoint. at 11 miles i saw my parents and was in 4th place with 5th sitting right behind me, we ran together up to half way. the 15 or so km from when i saw my parents until the half way point was probably the hardest part of the race for me mentally i went through quite a long low point and felt like i was struggling on the hills and was fearing blowing up with still a long way to go. at half way 5th place dropped off the pace and fell back leaving me out on my own but luckily i was starting to get over my low point and the last 20km i felt amazing and decided to start pushing hard on the climbs as well and the decents. i passed 2nd and 3d going up a long slog of a climb with 15km to go and this gave me another big boost as they looked exhausted the last 10km was the strongest ive ever felt at the end of an ultra i was still able to push but was also listening to my body and not getting over excited the final checkpoint was at 5km to go and to hear the lady say i was 2nd place even though i already new it made it even more real and with one final 2km long climb to go i had to gather everything left i had to push up it. there was lots of swearing and shouting at myself to get up the hill but i wasn't going to let my first podium in an ultra get away from me and in all my previous ultras ive been overtaken in the last mile and i was determined to not let that happen the last few flat km to the finish i was trying not to really think about how close i was and just wanted to keep pushing then turning the corner and seeing the finish line was the best feeling. couldn't have done anymore i left everything i had out on the course and am over the moon with the result. a silver medal and 16 mins bellow the previous course record is way more than i expected beforehand. now just to catch up that 8 mins to the winner.