Running 1:10:43  8.27 mi (8:33 / mi) +1060m 6:07 / mi
Coledale Horseshoe: 2nd English and 1st British champs race of the season. 6th place.
Wanted to commit to running hard today and see where it got me. I have deliberately taken it easy all week to try and got on the start line feeling rested.
I stuck in behind a group with Lloyd going up Kinn and then pushed on with Jethro to Sleet How. Was on my own up the last bit of Grizedale Pike (in 4th or 5th) which was a struggle/scramble. Always difficult to gauge how hard to push on the really steep hills, the best guys seem to continue to run up but I struggle to do this and find a fast march ok.
A group formed on the scramble on Eel Crag and had to work hard to keep up with Ben and Lloyd. Was 8th at this point.
Managed to pick off a few people on the descent to towards Stile End, but feel got a real beating on the stony path. Was running in Ben's shadow at this point and stayed behind all the way to the end. Kept trying to push on as I was scared of the fast descenders behind me.
Really chuffed to finish 6th and feel it is a step up from Lad's leap. Hoping I can carry this form through to the Three peaks.
Solid team performance from the DPers for second place behind Borrowdale. Not seen the final results but it must have been close.