Running 9:01:11  53.7 km (10:05 / km) +4040m 7:19 / km
Ben Nevis Ultra.
An experience that's difficult to write about in many ways; it's been a tough week. The stunning day and surprising stint at the front gave way to a desperate plod of death, stumbling to the finish. Both my head and legs were far from being in the right place to approach this in the way the course requires, which is shown by the utter collapse that happened.
The course joins onto the Ring of Steall route from Glen Nevis until the finish, so here's an interesting comparison:
Ring of Steall 2017 - 2:22hrs
Ben Nevis Ultra 2019 - 4:30hrs
It's without a doubt an incredibly difficult course that features every kind of terrain you could ask for. I absolutely love that first section, particularly with the backdrop of a perfect sunrise. And the CMD is without a doubt above Anoch Eagach / Crib Goch / Lakes in my opinion; a truly special place.
I was very happy it was Murray who was the first to pass me, and to float off towards victory in what looked like such a controlled and comfortable manner (although I have no doubt he was hurting a lot too) - very cool, many congrats!
It's also amazing to see how big this weekend has become; everything seems to run flawlessly and I can't imagine how much work has gone into it, so many thanks to Shane, GG and everyone else associated with it.
I won't be rushing back to running for that long any time soon. Even if I wanted to, I think it's best to leave it for a few years.