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This time round I'd made a effort to do things properly, watched what I ate and drank, did my research on the course and got good sleep before race day - not forgetting training! Not everything went to plan, I took a couple of falls over the two weeks leading up to the race which left me bloody-knee'd and bruised but otherwise no massive issues. It was about time I learnt from the lessons of races past, in stead of pretending to...
Kit wise I'd invested in a pair of Salomon Slab Sense Ultra Softground, a minimalist shoe with a fairly aggressive trail grip, similar to that of the SpeedCross. Two Salomon soft-flasks (237ml) and an Overstims gel to keep me going and that was pretty much it!… apart from compression… Light and fast was the plan, cary nothing that I wouldn't use, which sounds over the top on a short course, but it's as much about the "feeling" of freeness and lightness as is it about the actual grams.
Spectators lined the first ford, where there was an adjacent bridge but no-one in their right mind would cross it as too much time would be lost. The combination of wet shoes, loose wet rocks and mud meant core stability, foot placement and focus really paid off in terms of speed. My knowledge from recce'ing the course meant I already had a path in mind between the logs, rocks and bumps that lay in front.
As we reached the shoreline of Crummock Water the tree line opened up to grassy fields and the trail changed considerably. There were short stretches of crazy-paved path which were not quite flat and very slippery with longish sections of wet peaty ground in-between which, if you weren't careful you could easily loose a leg in! Reaching the northern end of the lake the tree cover returned, along with more stable ground. Now it became more of a root/stone dodging run with small bumps which weaved through the trees.
|Buttermere 10 Route Map - Click to enlarge|
From then in it was the home stretch, letting things loose on the down-hill and heading over the small shingle beach and fields to the finish line. This is the give it every last drop moment, the final km where you just have to push and hold on.
It was really pleasing to finally have things all settle into place and appreciate a good result from it - a big lesson into the importance of preparation in all areas, not just the easy ones! I would highly recommend the Buttermere 10 to runners of all capabilities because of the fun nature of the course and you know with a High Terrain Event it will be well organised by friendly staff.
Thanks to everyone that made the event what it is and I look forward to taking part next year.
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You can find all the kit I used and more at Castleberg Outdoors!
|The Northern Shores of Crummock Water|