A-Z M marathon RACE day

I may not have been up with the larks but I was certainly wakened by them the dawn chorus at 0413!

I lazed till ninish and then got showered and dressed had a chat with some fellow racers and headed to the village shop/cafe/emporium to have some food and charge phone and of course do this!

Registration opens at 1400 so plan is to stay hydrated, snooze and stretch for the rest of the day then register and have more food before a final doze then the race.  Registration was a quick and slick operation admittedly I did go early.


After registering I had a short walk around the village and on the canal and headed back to the campsite to await the race brief.

At the HQ I met Phil Adams a fellow 100Km club member whom I had not seen for years Phil is well on his way to 250 marathons!

After the briefing we all miles around and then we were off right on time.  A few yards walking then a few more nearly jogging as we went through the village and up onto the Taff TRail and out around the North of the Talybont reservoir, through the forest and. Reached CP1.  The trail was undulating and on forest paths a. Not unpleasant beginig to the race CP 1 time 1::28:12 7.5 miles 1:23:32.  As we were running along we could see the low cloud enveloping the peaks and feel the water vapour landing on our bodies..  As we left the forest we were following the Beacons Way which although it went to the summit of Pen y Fan we left to climb up Graig Fan Las which took us out along a ridge and back to the way for another short stint.  The field was well spread out as was the trail markers but with only one large obvious path to follow the route finding was easy enough, staying upright though was another thing altogether.  The terrain was a cross between the cobbles of the Royal Mile the boulder fields of the Lairg Ghru and the dirt of the Fife coastal path and as the surface got wetter it also got slipper!

CP 2 is at the summit of Pen y Fan 1:58:34. Tot time of 3:26 Dist app 14 summit height 886m.   So began the descent following the Way once more for a short distance before going down Tor Glas and into Taf Fechan Forest and onto the Taff Trail to CP 3 at 19 miles 1:13:45 tot time 4:40:31.  Food, drink, head torch and glow stick and we were back on our way.  Following the Taff Trail now all the way to the finish.  Strangely this was one of the hardest parts of the race a mix of tiredness and darkness I expect.  Finish time of 6:09..

 

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