Running race 1:13:56  15.0 km (4:56 / km) vdot: 42.0
Coledale Horseshoe, English/British champs. Another disappointing race and miles off where I wanted to be. Not too sure what the problem is, but I'm just not getting it all out like I was last year. Maybe started too cautiously and suffered a bit from getting caught at the back of a big bunch coming onto the single track out of Braithwaite, but the pace still felt like too much for me as the first climb eased off and I was already beset by negative thoughts about tiredness and giving up. We hit the foot of the big climb to Grizedale Pike and I noticed that I was catching a few people so realised that I had no reason to give up (and of course the team result was still at stake). Passed a bunch on the climb, but had a bad stitch by the top (I never get stitches) which slowed me on the short descent and I lost all the places again. Hiked up Eel Crag as best as I could and the stitch eased off, allowing me to catch one or two folk on the fast descent for a thoroughly mediocre 28th place and second team, in spite of the great runs from Rob, Lloyd and Rhys near the front.