Vale of Ewyas Fell Race (inaugural)
Storm Dennis was ripping through South Wales so I decided to drop a bikepacking trip to do this event instead.https://www.racetek-live.co.uk/website/public_resu...
Finished 15 out of 27 starters.
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Helly Hansen baselayer (thin)
Montane Featherlite gilet
Montane heavy duty waterproof
Montane Via Trail Tights
Montane heavy duty waterproof bottoms
Dexshell waterproof socks (knee height)
Inov8 Mudclaws (right choice!)
Inov8 22 backpack (spare clothing and food in drybag)
650ml soft flask - drank contents during event (with Nuun)
Porridge for breakfast
2 x bananas before starting
small mars bar, oat/raspberry bar + 1.5 packs Shot Bloks during race - not enough eating during I think
S>1: OK. Was running with Katie Ironside.
1>2: Decided to short cut at the last minute. I pipped Katie by 30s but I had to jump a few fences (illegally). There are another two short cut options worth looking at which would be legal.
2>3: I took a wider line to everybody else but it was longer. This is where I lost several minutes to Katie.
3>4: OK. Felt really slow going up from Llanthony. Took a direct line to Bal Mawr but not sure if this is faster than main path.
4>5: OK. Strong headwind.
5>6: OK. Lost a little time as went to far east instead of southeast to find footbridge.
6>7: Didn't take the right line after 500m off peak. Should have stayed on main path.
7>8: Got some strength from somewhere and spotted a runner ahead. Popped a few Shot Bloks and caught him and passed him before CP8.
8>F: Didn't get the right line off the top as went too far north before dropping off. Should drop off ridgeline immediately after CP next time. Caught and passed Dmitry at Stanton but we both went the wrong way. Finished together.