Man v Horse
By clive on Jun 14, 2009
In sharp contrast to last weekend which was on the cool side, the man v horse race was very warm indeed for Wales in June. Much warmer than last year. The major objective danger is being trampling, but in fairness all the riders took as much care as they could even if a few horses had other ideas.
Some days you just don't have it and I was very slow, 35 minutes slower than last year. Part down to the effects of the heat and an ankle injury that came on 15 miles in. I have also struggled to do much serious training in the 5 weeks or so since the Highland Fling at the end of April. Maybe a lesson about how much these really long races take out of you.
I did managed to finish, though it was a slog. The event is a great family day out with a unique atmosphere. Although hot, the course was very wet and muddy[nice], with the softer going and heat suiting the horses better. A horse [ I assume with rider ] came home 1st this year 11 minutes in front of the 1st individual runner.
I hope to give the race a miss next year as I have plans for something a little bit more challenging!
I am going to give water running in a local lake[wet suit mandatory] a try for the next 2 weeks while my ankle sorts its self out. Should go down well with the Retrieving dog member of the family at least.