Let off lightly

This weekend had a single race planned, the Rhinog Horseshoe. Due to the weather and that a runner had got quite lost last year and was rescued at midnight by the mountain rescue, one can understand why the organizers cut the race down to a out and back run up Moelfre at just under 8 miles. Somewhat shorter and easier than the 16 miles and 5500ft of up planned, but most runners, while disappointed, thought it was the right decision given the mist and rain. The alternative course (the Moelfre nail) was still a challenge with a combination of a little road, a bit of farm track, some forest paths, very rough open mountain, boulders and bog. It was very wet indeed. Time was somewhere around 1 hour 37.

Being "let off" lightly on saturday, I also did the Aber twin Peaks race on sunday, arriving 2 minute before the start! The weather was a real contrast to the previous day with a pleasant, sunny 18 degree centigrade and no wind. The course was just under 8 miles with about 1000ft of up and I finished in 1 hour and 3 minutes. Most of the runners were road runners, so the rather muddy decent from Pen Dinas suited me just right and allowed for some overtaking. Many thanks to the one shoed runner who called me a "bloody idiot" as I passed him while he was looking for his other shoe in the mud, it was a lovely compliment in this context.

Both races had excellent organization. The Rhinog Horseshoe carries a high level of risk of getting lost or wondering over a cliff, so lesson learned was to scope out these type of races before hand on a clear day or don't do them. Twin peaks race was a fast and accessible route suitable for a wider range of runners who want a test with some off road. Lesson learned was don't do 2 races on consecutive days.

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