Running race 3:52:33  37.0 km (6:17 / km) +2400m 4:45 / km
Ennerdale Horseshoe. Made a late decision to run this after all the LSD last week, felt quite well recovered by the weekend and thought it was worth a crack. Goal no.1: Enjoy myself and get around. Goal no.2: Give Rhys a run for his money at the front. Goal no.1 was achieved, this was a great day out in the hills, goal no.2, was partially achieved, although I never managed to really threaten the lead. Took it steady at the start and let Rhys go, planning to run as easily as possible without losing touch. I was probably about 2mins back by Red Pike and this didn't change all that much to the finish. The gap was small enough that I could use Rhys to find some of the good lines, in particular the traverse of Haystacks, but it was big enough that I kept losing sight of him and had to use the map quite a bit. I pigheadedly took my own lines from Blackbeck Tarn to Green Gable (good) and on the traverse of Great Gable (bad and I got a bit scree-bound). The gap grew quite a bit after that and by the top of Pillar Rhys was long gone, but I was feeling pretty good so pushed on to see if I could reel him back in. gained a bit on Haycock and a bit more on Iron Crag, maybe down to 1 min? but every time I made inroads Rhys was away on the descents. I was full of respect for him by this point and I found myself sort of hoping that he would keep it together, having run such a good race from the front. I ran all the way up the last climb in a last ditch effort to close him down, but he was away on the descent and I was, frankly, a mess by the bottom, where I staggered into the finish, still 2 mins down. Great route, probably the best I have run, on a great day. I took a 1.5l camelback and ate quite a bit, which kept me going in spite of the heat. Thanks Kitch for the hire SI card (they ray out for EOD, so I pinched yours (but sorry you couldn't make it).