This will be just a short, preliminary report - no doubt I'll gather my thoughts for a proper report in a week or two.
You know it takes me a while to get those things together.
A month or so before the race I set myself a target of 16h 30 and I was about 5 minutes ahead of this until about 59 miles when I needed an emergency toilet stop. At about 69 miles I was sick three or four times. When approaching the 80 mile checkpoint I tripped/fell and whilst dusting myself down, locating the pain, limping, etc I ran past the turn and continued for about three quarters of a mile before realising - this means I ran about 1.5 miles EXTRA this year.
Makes up for last year I suppose !!!
At 80 miles I was scheduled to finish in about 17h 20.
So I dug in deep and finished in 16h 41:16
Pleased with that for three reasons:
(1) an hour quicker than last year
(2) to run a very fast last 20 miles after those mishaps was very satisfying
(3) UK Athletics wanted me to run sub 18 hours to prove my fitness ahead of September's World 24 hr Championships - just a bit of added pressure
Disappointed with only finishing second though.
Many thanks to Hugh Pearson for being a great crew person ... and to Rory and Jen for organising a fantastic race. I only wish there were more events of this type in the UK.
And not forgetting those people who anonymously donated via PayPal using the link on the right. I welcome your faith in me and hope that faith is beginning to be rewarded.