Run - Mixed road/trail race (Ultra North 55km) 4:18:43  53.78 km (4:49 / km) +676m 4:32 / km
slept:7.25 shoes: Saucony Peregrine grey
Up early and set off for Newcastle at 6.30. weather wasnt too bad driving over, got lulled into a false sense of security. It was pissing down when we arrived.
Bit strange doing a social distance start, setting off in groups of 3. But it was well organised. Hadn't appreciated how much tarmac there would be. Think 18 of the first 20km was tarmac or heavily compacted bike path, feet were tender between my toes by then. Got overtaken by a couple of runners who started behind me, one looked good, the other like he'd set off way too fast. Didn't really worry about them until I arrived at CP2 to find out I was first and they must have gone off course. Amazing how that can make you feel a bit better, was instantly running with a little more purpose. 10km section in the woods was nice, quite like whinlatter, finished all too quickly and was back on a mix of disused railway line and the odd bit of grass and river bank before 16km of tarmac to finish.
Ate well, roughly 90g/hour until last hour when I neglected eating a bit after feeling full of liquid. Legs were pretty solid all day, didn't feel fast but felt strong and was moving quicker in last 10km than the first.
Ran in t-shirt sleeves and gloves and didn't get cold, deep heat worked a treat on my legs.