Clive v horse!
By clive on Jun 15, 2008
Its the 1st time I have run that sort of distance (22 miles, 3000ft ascent), so I was pleased to be just outside my target time at 3:35:13 and managed to finish before quite a few horses and about 1/2 way down the field of runners. I found the last 4 miles really hard.
About 60 relay teams entered, each member doing a leg of around 7 miles. I was past by Andy Croft, an Engagement Architect in Sun UK, at about mile 18 who was running the final leg for his team which was a bit of a surreal moment.
One feature of this race which should be compulsory for any marathon is a river crossing a few 100 meters from the finish to help induce leg cramp.
I did manage a spurt of speed in the last 100m as the thundering hoofs of a horse named Socks approached from behind. Funny how the thought of beating just one more horse can help you find energy you wished you had 3 miles back.
This is a race I will do again! Very well organized and marshaled. Horses did not constitute a significant risk of trampling. The course was a mixture of forestry tracks, open moorland, rivers, mud, foot paths and some tarmac (< 20%).
Next weekend is The Red Kite Challange where the course passes within less than a mile of where I live, so it would be rude not to do it!