Dark Mountains Mountain Marathon (with Tom Davies)
Brutal event! The map was smaller than normal and it was clear why after we picked up a few CPs. It was boggy, tussocky, heathery, peaty almost everywhere!
We managed to clear the course (unlike last year) and finished 8th overall out of 20 starters. Only 10 cleared the course. The others were a combination of DNFs or DQs.
Dry to start with clear skies and full moon
Mist dropped in about half way around soon followed by heavy rain and high winds.
Mudclaws - new pair (rubbed my heel spurs like crazy - wear tape next time)
Socks - Knee length Dexshell w/p socks
Tights - Windstopper
Thermal baselayer - HH l/s
Montane bombproof coat
Gloves (started using them about half way round)
OMM w/p mitts (started using them when it started raining in the early hours of the morning)
Waterproof bottoms (ditto)
Synthetic fleece (not worn)
Hat (not worn)
Spare hat & gloves (not worn)
As mandatory list
Tom carried his Terra Nova Laser Comp
I carried his pocket rocket, lighter, can and first aid
I used my Inov8 22L backpack with one 750ml bottle on front
I also used the toggle system for counting 100m paces which was only needs a few times.
I should consider getting a better plate compass for next event. I did the nav for about a third of the event (as Tom was a little woozy) but only used a thumb compass for this. Tom used his plate compass when it got misty.
Headtorch - Myo XP (white and orange one)
Altimeter - used this a lot
920XT - decided to leave this at home this time in case I got accused of using it as a navigational aid. Shane Ohly said that he'd allow people to carry them in black sealed bags in the future to enable logging of route and HR.
Route choice notes:
Thoroughly enjoyed racing with Tom Davies. Looking forward to doing more races with him.