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.
After 4 months of solid but varied training it was time to find out just what I could do over 26.2 miles of packed London streets and if I could run below the 3 hour target I’d set.
The thinking part of my brain did say I shouldn’t do a notoriously tough category AS fell race the weekend before London Marathon but I needed something to take my mind off that looming goal and this was it.
A nice change of scenery race wise, despite it being just down the road I’ve never done the Ian Roberts Fell Race so figured for a fiver and it counting on the Meltham AC club fell championships I’d give it a go.
A year seems to have flown by since I wrote about the Grizzly 2014 race being the hardest race I’ve run but here we are looking back on another great weekend racing along the cliffs and through the countryside and bogs of Devon.