A classic fell race taking a 21 mile route starting and finishing in the village of Edale. A steep climb to start straight up to the top of Ringing Roger then Eastwards along the rim of the Kinder plateau to the top of Jaggers Clough, down to Hope Cross then a long steady climb to the summit of Win Hill. A steep drop form here down into the Hope Valley then immediately back up the other side to the top of Lose Hill. After Mam Tor and Lords Seat the featureless rough moorland of Brown Knoll is crossed before heading back around the Southern rim of Kinder with a slight detour to Grindslow Knoll before returning to Ringing Roger and plunging back to Edale again.
Conditions on Sunday were near perfect with dry conditions underfoot and clement weather, which lead to some fast times. Winner Lloyd Taggart was only a couple of minutes outside the course record in 2hrs 36mins.
Personally, though, it was a bit of a disaster as I hurt my bad left ankle again after little more than three miles, on the innocuous descent from Crookstone Barn to Hope Cross. Decided to carry on anyway and was OK until the crossing to Brown Knoll which was very rough underfoot and reduced me to a walk for considerable periods. I did consider pulling the plug at Jacob’s Ladder but decided that the damage had already been done by then and it would probably be just as quick to get back to Edale on the race route. So onwards, running where I could and walking where the ground was too rough. It was quite a relief to make it down the final descent intact in a time of 3hrs 52mins, respectable I think given the circumstances!
Two days on the ankle is still quite sore and to be honest it doesn’t look too promising for my plans for the rest of the year; will let it settle down for a few more days before making any decisions though. I also seem to have got a double-dose of DOMS in my right (good) leg, presumably because it was doing the work of two legs for a lot of the run!