Running (trail/fell) 42:46  5.22 mi (8:12 / mi) +231m 7:12 / mi
Harrock hill fell race
Warmed up with hip mobility and as per plan. The car park was about 1km to the start so used that to jog and prepare the legs. Did a couple of strideouts just to get the legs and feet turning over quicker. Bit of a mixed field tonight with runners from Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. Was told that the field wasn’t as big as usual.
Saw Andy and Shirley at the start who told me that the start is furious as it bottle necks quickly and you have to jump a stile early on. Not wanting to be stuck at a stile I put myself at the front and told myself to go out hard. I did that up the first climb and felt good got through the bottleneck. Overtook by a few runners. On the second climb my legs felt like jelly I think they were struggling from the hard start. Decided to run my own race and get the job done.
Overall a nice race and not too technical. Challenging tonight as the leg speed isn’t there for the shorter races however not concerned as this was a good training session ahead of the sky peakline. Was hot tonight but the race was 19:30 so had cooled a bit down and didn’t affect things too much plus lots of shade on the course.