Distance – 40 miles (I DNF’d at mile 22)
Food – 4 Protein bars, 5 9Bars, 1 Liquorice stick
A Sean Connery famously said in the movie ‘Untouchables’ – “Alright, enough of this running shit.”
I DNF’d today with a big smile on my face. I loved my run but I ran out of food. I didn’t feel hungry at the start but only 4 miles in I was eating and had so many food bonks that by mile 22 (checkpoint 3) I had eaten everything I had taken with me. Given it was an unsupported race, there was no way I could have made the additional 18 miles with no food. … and it was really really hard – fair play to the organisers ‘Might Contain Nuts‘, ok the weather was rotten and the ground unbelievably wet, but they put on a seriously gruelling, beautiful race. Best bits included:
– Meetings some friends at the start, was great to see some familiar faces and some TransAlpine friends – it’s been a while since I had a good old natter about that race.
– Fronzen fingers. I’ve been cold before, Davos springs to mind. Not this cold though, I could only move my hands as a single item, I had no fingers. Trust me, some of these pictures, as poor as they are(!), were really difficult to take. I was wearing gloves that had a removable thumb section so you could use your phone, I always pull it off with my teeth and on more than one occasion nr the top of Pen Y Fan I was pulling it so hard and it wouldn’t come off only to find I was biting my whole finger – but I couldn’t tell as they were frozen. My thumb is now sore!
– Bogs. Oh dear god. 3 times i went in almost waist deep. After checkpoint 2 (and 1 -2 was very wet) the bogs were insane. I’ve never been on this sort of terrain, some of my Serpie friends who do cross country may have but I can’t believe to that level of severity. The photos just dont do justice how ice cold and deep those bogs were heading upwards to Pen Y Fan (south Wales highest point at 850m). I felt fit but progress was soooo strained.
– Getting lost. I didn’t! But I was in about 10th Place at mile 13 and saw 2nd and 3rd place scramble up a steep hill just next to me. Seems all races suffer from invisible arrows! They were not the only ones who got lost that day.
– quick thanks to the staff at checkpoint 3. I pulled out and they quite literally could not have been more helpful, and nothing was even wrong with me – they still offered a car heater, blankets, you name it – brilliant show, thanks.