Mountain race 1:07:33  14.1 km (4:47 / km) +618m 3:56 / km
slept:9.0 shoes: Walsh PB
Cioch Mhor hill race, 1:07:33
Pre race consisted of approx 15 min warm up jog to check out the first part of the race route followed by a few drills.
Having never ran this race before the route was totally new to me. I sat in with Ally, Robbie and Richard in the front pack all the way up the first climb feeling quite comfortable. Felt a bit like running into the unknown so was reluctant to try and pull away, especially when the others had all raced here before and knew the route. We stuck together in the 4 for the whole descent off the first hill, down to the river crossing, across some rough tussocky terrain before hitting the landrover track. From here you could see the summit of the turnaround point and I picked up the pace a touch, opening a gap between myself and the others.
Feeling good at this point until a small stitch came on... slowed the pace, concentrated on my breathing and it had passed by the time I hit the summit. Only problem was Richard had reeled me back in and was right on my tail!
Took on a gel as i approached the summit, put my foot down and gave it full beans descending the landrover track, opening up a descent gap. Ran hard right back to the finish, taking the win with about 2 mins to spare. Happy days!