Last year we won this event, so we had to go back and defend our title…
Our sleeping patterns were rather eratic and so on Friday night we decided to sleep early and get up at 4 am to drive to the Lakes. This we did and started the mountain marathon at 9.30 after toast at Tebay. This event was of the score format – find as many controls as possible, but get back in 6 hours on the first day and 5 hours on the second day.
The mountain marathon was based over the hills north of Skiddaw. I’d never been to a lot of this area before, but it turned out to be a real gem. The countryside was wild and hilly, the paths were empty (except for mountain marathoners) and the views were stunning … not that I saw them as I was looking at the ground trying to move as fast as possible.
Unfortunately the terrain got tricky at just the wrong time and our timing went astray causing us to race back to the finish. We were both tired and seriously thought about retiring as once 30 minutes is up (after the 6 hours), all your previously collected points are taken away! We worked out that we would have to do 9 minute kilometres to make it home – that is a tall order over terrain. Nevertheless we ran as fast as possible and were 15 minutes late. We lost 40 points. 🙁
We were both knackered, so after two meals of cous cous we headed to bed (at 8.00 am). On Sunday, there was no more talk of retiring and we set off. As always we ran better on the second day and powered home over the next 5 hours. It wasn’t enough however to keep our winning spree and we came 5th overall. Nevertheless we had a great time and have discovered an area to revisit in the future. Anyone fancy a trip up sharp edge?