1st Ultra

Following on from last weekend crash course in dehydration prevention, this weekends fun was the Pumlumon Challenge. At 27 miles, it is just classed as an Ultra by these people which is good enough for me. The 5,500 feet of ascent(and decent) makes it feel a lot further. The route was a combination of high rough moorland tracks, forestry tracks, rough bog trotting and open heather hillside. It include about 100 meters in total of tarmac road as 4 were crossed during the race.

The start is only about 2 miles from home, so it would have been rude not to do it.

Saturday was a clear and warm day with stunning views over the mid-Wales hills and down to the sea. Unfortunately, some concentration was required on the sections of boggy tussock to avoid ankle twisting, so admiration of the view had to take 2nd place. The walkers set off 90 minute before the runners and there were a number of control points making sure walkers and runners were accounted for. Some control points had water, one even provided tea and waffles.

In contrast to last week, I got the pacing and getting enough fluid down my neck pretty well right. I was 4 minute outside my target time of 6 hours and finished 18th out of 40 runners who started, so quite happy overall.

Comments:

Awesome.

6 hours on a bike, no problem. 6 hours running up hills I can't imagine.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on September 28, 2008 at 08:32 AM BST #

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