Mynydd Troed fell race

96Running up and down grassy banks in Copenhagen really isn’t good preparation for a Welsh Fell Race! Estimates varied but the final advertised statistics were 7 miles and some 2700 feet of climb. The race started in the vicinity of The Castle Inn, climbed to the trig point to the West and ran along the ridge of Mynydd Troed before dropping down in to the valley at Blaenaudraw. We then turned North, dropping down Cockit Hill before climbing to the trig point once more.

I was absolutely shattered before we reached the trig point the first time. I put it down to an odd combination of not enough rest combined with not enough training! My position (8th out of 36) sounds reasonably respectable but I was a good 15 minutes down on the winning time of 56 minutes and just behind the first woman. If damaged male pride wasn’t enough, Christine helpfully pointed out later in the day that the stiff breeze had disguised the strong sun and my shoulders were glowing red with sunburn.

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