Friday, 22 April 2016

Mistake in Rab Mini Mountain Marathon April 2016

Rab Mini MM - Grasmere, Lake District Apr 2016

Daniel had come up on the Saturday from London, we had checked our kit and day food and were positive.
Very early Sunday, I drove us up to Grasmere in the Lake District.
The weather was lovely, just right for the 4 hour Score Navigation competition on the fells.

Getting ready for the start - a sunny day in store

Climbing up to look over the fells

Dan strides out on a downhill link section 

A view of the fells

Taking a rest!

Are we going up there - round it looks best?!

Punching a control - 20 more points

Pleased to get back OK!

Unfortunately, we got rather lost on one of the early long legs (I lost my map-reading glasses and so struggled on map detail!).
Perhaps we were too ambitious and ended up running down, back to the Grasmere Event Centre with too much time to get back.
We took 4hr 14min which took us well over the 4 hour limit and paid the price in deducted points.
90 - 40 = 50 points put us in 162nd place out of 198 starters.
We covered about 10 miles with approx. 3000ft of climb.
Perhaps not bad given Dan does no training in London, and I only run occasionally.

We are looking forward to the 2-day Original Mountain Marathon in SW Scotland in October, followed by the third of these Rab Mini MM in November.
Must get training!!

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