My first attempt at this one and at only 8.8km and 519m of ascent (oh look I've gone all metric!) it was sure to be a fast as you can effort. The Wrekin is a rare site around these parts as it's quite a big hill for the area. On a clear day can be seen in all it's glory from the top of Brocton heights, one of my regular training routes.
I'm really enjoying these shorter local fell races lately and this was too good an opportunity to miss as I could drive there, run the race drive back and be home by mid day. I even opted for this one and turned down a free place at the Stafford half marathon.
|useless going down!|
I'd started a bit too far back again but did manage to gain about a dozen or so places on the first long gradual climb.
Here we go, descent time.
First descent was not too embarrassing and I passed 2 or 3 on the loose and rooty downhill. Saying that I was also passed myself by a couple of others.
Out of Ercall woods and onto the Wrekin climb there was not much to report but I was pleased to be gradually catching Mel Price of Mercia and feeling quite strong.
With still about 200 metres to go until the turn around trig point of the out and back course Steven Cale came flying down the dusty main track. by my reckoning I was in about 22nd place. Time to get a move on.
As usual I was holding my position (just) on the runnable down hills but then the steepest descent of the race saw me being too cautious again. Probably 2 places lost.
I gained and lost a place with another Mercia runner all the way to the finish. I felt strong on the climbs and would edge past only to be overtaken again on the downs.
|Better going up!|
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