Long Valley North regional event - a worthy ex-JK area. Ran M21L. Wet underfoot and started to rain shortly after I started, getting stronger and stronger towards the end. I was soon soaked through and didn't really mind. I did make a number of bad mistakes though, which pushed what would have been a respectable time (1h 30) to a poor time (1h 40), moving most of the way down the results list in doing so. I finished 14th out of 20 runners in the end (results
). Oh well, it was a good training run.
The first leg was one of the longest I've done - 1600m. The terrain looked very familiar - I recognised it straightaway as the opening scenes to the James Bond film Die Another Day - the wide open tracks stood in for the North Korean landscape in the hovercraft chase scene. No hovercrafts or experimental British Army vehicles out today, just some bikers and very soaked runners.
This is almost certainly the flattest M21L course I've ever done, but also one of the more physical ones - the rain definitely made it harder.