Aran Race : How much progress in a year?
By clive on Mar 23, 2009
How much have I improved in my 1st year Fell Running? The Aran race was my 1st race last year. While not a direct comparison as last years race was shortened due to the weather, I finished much further up the field this year. I also did not feel wasted for days after the race which is a sign of progress.
The race is 10 miles and 2500ft up and down Aran Aran Fawddwy starting from just south of Bala lake. The top section is very rocky in places, but a lot of the route was quite fast.
Tim Jones managed to take 8 minutes off the previous record with Richard Roberts 8 seconds or so behind him which is very close for a race of that length.
My more modest aim was to finish in under 2 hours. I pushed myself like an idiot for the last 15 minutes, but finished in 2 hours, 1 minute and 44 seconds. If you don't have it, you don't have it.
The highlight of the day is the Aran Organic Lamb roast aftewards. One runner I spoke to spends the rest of the year as a veggie, but for the Aran Organic Lamb roast after this race!