Date: 25th May 2009
I ran this race last year and enjoyed it so much I decided to do it again this year. It also fits with my desire to inject variety into my training.
I used to do a lot of fell running. Fell runs can be every bit as gruelling, if not more so, than road races like marathons. For example, one of the last races I did before giving up long cardio was 14.5 miles with thousands of feet lost and gained during the race. It took 3 hours 15 minutes.
The picture shows us at the start of the Shuttlinsloe race on Monday - we must run to the top of the small mountain on the left, and back.
The great thing about this race is that in one, short, 20-25 minute effort, it combines all the variety of a proper fell race. This variation makes it feel more like a Primal/Paleo activity than a flat race: there are times when you have to walk, wade or wait for others at stiles - so it has intervals of varying effort. Here are the various stages:
- Downhill sprint into the forested gully.
- Wade through the river.
- Hike up a steep bank covered with bluebells.
- Run along a track to the base of the steep part near the farm (centre of picture)
- Run/hike up the front of the mountain.
- Check in at the top.
- Run left along the ridge.
- Career down the side, trying not to tumble.
- Career back down through the bluebells, almost certainly tumbling.
- River again, then the sting in the tail - back up the hill with legs like rubber.