A few weeks ago it was a round of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge – a short, sharp but highly enjoyable fell run. There is something special about running over technical ground.
Picking myself from the disappointment of missing out on this years LAMM, and with a desperate need to kick start the training process again, i headed around to Langdale for a cirque of Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.
After that thorough dousing a dose of inspiration was much in need and a work – trip to aviemore provided the perfect ingredients, the northern cores and a magical June evening.
And so finally to today, the Great lakes run, my first fell race in two years, after the months and then years of frustration due to injury, and what a race to start with. One of the longest and certainly most challenging of the Lakeland calendar. The weather was mixed, the ground greasy and the visibility at times was exceptionally poor. I focussed on maintaining a steady pace, today was my own race, a race to gauge how much I still have to do and hopefully give me just a little confidence that things are back on the right track. And to my surprise, I finished in 3:43 – half an hour faster than my hoped-for time, and bagged 20th spot. I can live with that as my return to competitive running. It’s now time to change that broken record!