English Champs round 6!
Medalling was out of my hands and a ridiculous long shot, but the team champs was still up for grabs. Plus, I had the bonus of it being dry so maybe I could get close to 2 hours as I've claimed is possible since 2010!
Despite all this, I wasn't really psyched up for this one, and couldn't be bothered to force it so was uber relaxed instead.
After Carl lead out a frantic first 5 minutes the pace soon settled into what felt very pedestrian. A group had formed of me, Sam Tosh, Men Bouncey and Si Bailey, with Morgz just off the back. We summited Thunacar, and ran down and round Rosset Pike at a comfortable fast pace, I was taking care to keep the powder dry as my support wer ewaiting at Esk Hause with food.
Only they weren't. Whoops, misjudgement on their part. In the past, I might've freaked out and overreacted but there was nowt for it. Anyway, I can run for 2 hours without food and I'd already had a gel so should be reet.
The group started to fragment on the traverse, with me and Sam leading - I commented that "now would be a good time to start racing?" to him. Hit Bowfell together, and in the time it took me to scrounge a jelly baby off Wil Spain, Sam had gone off the back and I'd missed him. I don't know that way so I ran my reccied safe line with Simon and Ben tucked in behind, fumbled into the top of the scree shute and Sam was already at the bottom. Oops.
Closed the gap to 30 seconds at Crinkles, still feeling strong but opted agaist going into the red to catch Sam which would've been feasible here. Once round the bad step, I asked Simon if he was going after him. "Don't need to" wa sthe reply. Well, I couldn't be arsed either! Ben was dropped somewhere around here, he'd been hanging on gamely since Esk Hause.
Down to Red Tarn and Sam has opened more time up, and Carl has latched onto the back of us - not suprising given our lazy approach today. Walked Blisco, again comfortable but not bothered about gutting myself. Bit of games on the descent but Simon and Carl raced it from the cattle grid and I just cruised down, saving the legs for next weekend, knowing I had a decent time in the bank.
Happy with 4th, and happy with 2.02.48 given I didn't have to dig very deep.
Jonny had an expected strong showing for 6th, and Josh, Will and Neil overcame various issues (headbutting rocks and the like) to take the team win - weel done chaps! Englsih and British Champions, and Hodgsons too!
Pleased to see Jack and Barber making the top 10.