Long Mynd Valley's Race
By clive on Feb 10, 2009
The name of the race, Long Mynd Valleys race suggests a pleasant gentle run along some gentle wooded valleys in Shropshire. Behind the name hides one of the hardest medium length races in the fell calendar. At 11.5 miles and 4500ft of climb, most of the climb comes in the last 4 miles with 3 back to back serious hills. The last section of the route crosses 3 valleys with the last slog up Yearlet being a nasty sting in the tail. Whoever came up with the route was both creative and a vindictive in a kind, cuddly, self inflictive sort of way!
Some parts of the downhill course had a fair amount of snow, so many runners took to their seat and slid which was quite exciting.
I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 36 minutes and finishing in the middle of the field of about 180.
I have to admit having something to prove here. I did this race in around 1995, took somewhere near 3 hours 20 minutes and then gave up fell running for 13 years(I am still not sure if the two were connected). As punishment for a lack of training, I was humbled. I had done not grasp what 4500ft of ascent really meant. While Sunday was still a very hard day out, keeping going on the last hill was a lung busting experience, I did not feel it was a race too far.
Next race has a very different character, the Wye Ultra.