In the line made famous by some pop star I’ve forgotten ‘Hey I’ve got my new shoes on, and suddenly everything feels right’, but that was yesterday, and today is a different story!
After taking a gamble on a brand new pair of Mud Claws(hoping they wouldn’t rip the skin of my heels) in an attempt to even up the odds on the mudslide descents of Geronimo and co, I found for once I could actually stay upright and just about keep up with Dave and Jarv on the downhill!
The leaders overtook us at about ½ way (they’d set off ½ hr later). In a valiant, or some might say idiotic moment, Dave and I set off as fast as we could after the leader on a downhill section. For a brief moment we were in the zone, if we could just muster a little more speed we could actually get in the lead, we might even win! Then we turned to face the next big climb up to check point 6 and immediately regretted the moment of madness as our pace slowed to a crawl and we were rudely sucked back into reality, the leader now a spec in the distance.
Half way up the next climb, a fast starter(1/2 later than us) came bombing past cursing he couldn’t tell who were the early or late starters, I shouted over to him ‘you are kidding right?!’, to which he replied ‘ok I see your point!’
The early start meant we were able to finish in the middle of the main field surrounded by runners from Tommy’s Fell Stars , and Brian’s Bog Bashers and the like, which was great, one female clayton runner (who we’d met on the recce day), recognising me and my pain , stopped to say hi half way up the last climb(Big End) and as she passed, forced a couple of energy tabs into my mouth offering some kind words of encouragement, like I’ve seen worse cramp!
In the end we all made it round more or less together , all finding it a tough but worthy challenge.
I’d made the right choice and got away with going with the ‘new shoes’, or so I thought until today when my left foot swelled up and I could hardly walk forcing me to rest and elevate it for the day! Or did I hear someone say we were supposed to be going Christmas shopping!?
Martins Tour Pics
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