Running 46:19  7.91 km (5:51 / km) +217m 5:09 / km
On a mission to reclaim two of my course records in Durham, and gain one I never held. The first was a 3 minute long technical undulating climb which I was quite far back off the pace, made harder that a tree had fallen across the path.
Then onto the big one the steps descent, 45m of descent down winding steps through the trees (average of -21%) which my previous pb was set in 2017 and had lasted as the course record until Arthur decided to form a group, led by himself, to systematically target and take my course records. He succeeded back in November 2019 and as this was my first time back in Durham since then I had to do my best to reclaim it. I had two pops at it and smashed it on the second attempt, knocking off 7 seconds off my time and 4 seconds faster than Arthur's to put it to 36s.
Then after an extra jog round the classic climb of houghall I attempted to reclaim my last segment of the day, the descent of the original climb I tried. Knowing this would be made harder than last spring when I attempted to regain it and I was 2s off because of the tree that had fallen I set off bombing it, but after 300m or so I missed the turning and had to start back from the start again. When I eventually got to the tree I managed to manoeuvre my body between its three trunks fairly gracefully and didn't lose too much time (upon later analysis this was found to be 2s lost). I got to the bottom after a slight slip on a slippery bit near the end pretty pleased, couldn't have done it much better. So then to find out I had missed out by only 1s I was rather annoyed, Michael H has this for another good while.
The day after Arthur matched my 36s descent so we currently share the course record.
Although I went over my weekly distance by about 500m, I did walk at least that as part of the run, so target is not exceeded, now no running until Edinburgh for my 26.6km week.