I will not bore you all with another blow by blow account of my Trailstoke adventure. In brief, this was actually a great day for me, despite the apparently poor showing. I have a bit of a history of going off course, and well, it wouldn't be an ultra if I didn't get lost at least once!

This was never going to be my 'A race' but nevertheless, I did want to perform well. I figured it was a course I could do well on given the vertical and technical nature of the course.

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Leg 1 featured a huge climb, mostly runnable, and I stuck to my plan of keeping the HR low, and the pace easy. A fast lead group was ahead and I arrived at the junction to Aid 1 a little back, essentially on my own. The junction is a little confusing and unfortunately as I arrived alone, some cloud blew in, and as I had my head down focusing ahead, all I could see were orange markers leading my on up. I failed to see the junction to the aid station and so ended up running an extra 2 km up the hill before I realized and turned back. 8th place disappeared, and became 38th, and unfortunately I lost 22 minutes with this mishap which I would not be able to make up.

 Nice pic via Rob Shaer; check out the mud! It's a fell race!

Nice pic via Rob Shaer; check out the mud! It's a fell race!

Leg 2 was a blast, with steep, rocky and loose wet rock to negotiate, and weather akin to a British fell race. I was able to fight back into 11th place by the end of the leg. I ran strong and going into the final leg I felt like I was still running strong.

Having dropped down off the technical ridge of leg 2, I'm all grins! I think that's Jeff Pelletier behind me.

Leg 3, again I missed a turn, as the visibility deteriorated at just the right moment. I only lost a few minutes, but by now I was resigned to my finishing position. I enjoyed a few gulps of beer and a slice of pizza before heading down the final 12km to the finish. In the end I was 11th, and 2nd male master, so overall not bad. I had no stomach or cramping issues at all. I felt good all day and the legs were strong to the finish. 

 Awesome podium mugs

Awesome podium mugs

A great course, in some difficult conditions, and unfortunately for me, with some unforced errors! Still, it's definitely one for the calendar next year. 

Kudos to the organizers.

 Winners of the ladies team relay event - Saira (my wife!), Sarah and Lisette!

Winners of the ladies team relay event - Saira (my wife!), Sarah and Lisette!

 My 14 year old son George competing as the only minor, finishing Leg 3 of the relay and looking strong

My 14 year old son George competing as the only minor, finishing Leg 3 of the relay and looking strong

 Post race interview with Adam Campbell

Post race interview with Adam Campbell

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