Dreadful. My performance and result on the day, not the race itself – that was a classic fell challenge with a brutal climb and great organisation.
My plan for Dewsbury was to go out hard and hang on banking on my improved fitness and speed gains from recent training to get me through.
Despite another 30 miles left to run, weeks of worry and nerves along with 16 hours of running so far evaporated. I knew I would finish this.
Another glorious day on the Cleveland Way and a plan executed reasonably well all things considered.
Big challenge this week by racing on one evening then an ultra the next morning.
I’ve been interested in attempting a solo Bob Graham Round almost from the minute I first heard about it. A good place to get a taste of it is the Billy Bland Challenge Relay.
Last time I did this race was 2013 and I had a good race but felt in the two years since, I’ve improved significantly so was looking forward to this one.
A second race in a week proved too much for my legs.
A big improvement on last year in some pretty windy conditions.
If you’d have asked me a few years ago to think up the most outlandish thing I might do in my life, running a mountain ultra starting and finishing at Dracula’s castle in Transylvania wouldn’t have even been close.