Monday, 7 November 2016

Original Mountain Marathon Oct 2016 - Galloway, SW Scotland

Original Mountain Marathon Oct 2016 - Glentrool, Galloway
Day 1 - Saturday 8.00am Start

Daniel and I made the journey across the border to SW Galloway for our fifth go at our annual Mountain Marathon test!
We were reasonably fit and have done more races this year in preparation than previously.
A distinct downside was I was still carrying a knee injury having fallen in the Dales a few weeks earlier.
Anyway, with great anticipation of the competition ahead we walk into the Galloway forest for our 8.00am start.

Event Headquarters at Glentrool

At the start with the flash catching the rain 

Up onto the fells - the mist got thicker as we climbed!
We failed to locate the first Control and took ages before moving on and struggling to find the second Control. Having lost a good hour plus, we needed to move fast to make up lost ground!

Daniel looking serious alongside a Scottish burn

Looking down the steep slope into the forest - we follow the stream!

On the side of the fell - which way Dad?

Looking back up

Found it - and 'dibbed' the Control for 30 points

Approaching the last Control of Day 1 - made it with 10 mins to spare of the 6 hours allowed

Having pitched the tent etc- Dan puts on his shoes using a plastic bag over dry socks

My end of our spacious tent for two!

Almost asleep?!

Time for another brew?

Enjoying the luxury of the warm tent!

Day 1 Saturday - 180 points 5hr 49min 99th out of 154
  9.5 miles and 2824ft

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