Running race (Fell) 46:55  8.1 km (5:48 / km) +673m 4:06 / km
shoes: Inov8 X-Talon 190 new (3)
British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Relay Championships fourth leg.
Karl, Jack & Garry and Tom Gibbs & Paul had done the first three legs. The clag and tricky nav had ruined several teams' chances and I was set of in a strung out group: Ben Mounsey for Calder Valley and Chris Farrell for Horwich were just about still on the field when I started in 9th place. I ran past Pudsey's and then Mercia's nav pairs coming in along the track and knew I only had a short lead on their anchor men.
Got myself into a hard but sustainable rhythm along the trail and onto the lower slopes.
Set off in 9th but got caught 2/3 of the way up the climb by Pudsey and Mercia. Knowing roughly how long it would take to get to the top (Scoff had told me that he and Mark Roberts gad taken 32 mins and that I'd "hate it and have to walk") I knew I could speed up slightly for the final section of climbing so as not to lose contact.
I ran every step up... I told Scoff.
Pudsey's Neal Crampton summited about 100m ahead of us but we caught and passed him within half a mile of hammering downhill.
I couldn't shake Mercia's Paul Jones apart from on the nastiest sections. Getting down to the lower slopes I gapped him a little by pushing on with some recklessness. Unfortunately I fell on a 'nicer' section! Judging from the first hand account of Tom Saville (coming uphill for Dark Peak B and giving me 8/10 for execution) and the cut on my outer left ankle, my foot slid across the path but the ankle hit a rock and I shot off into the bracken to my left.
Paul had gone from 10-20m behind to 10m in front by the time I had slid, shoulder rolled and pranced back on the path. I tried to get back into 'attack mode' but it was the worse bit of path and he was 30m in front when we crossed the road and had a relatively flat trail to the finish.
I tried to go fast but he pulled away.
Finishing in 10th was pretty good for the team we had and current fitness levels. We beat Pudsey, Keswick, Borrowdale and Wharfedale which is always a good day!