I don't stop for any refills, preferring up and over to Long Causeway in one and with very little to note: hydration OK, gels OK and I'm trying to monitor my progress, making mental notes for further “improvement”.
All the way back down the rocky byways towards Todmorden I get, once again, the nagging pain in my right knee that seems to bedevil my downhills, caused no doubt this time by the bang on Withins Height. Facing upwards to Stoodley Pike things are on track but the climb to Mankinholes tests me, and the knee, and I'm blowing hard at the checkpoint.
b) to do your hill work
c)to take electrolytes along with water
So pleased to crest the moor and lookdown on Leeshaw Reservoir and, trundling down towards it, I notice that my Garmin tells me 6 hours has passed – I've 30 minutes to get back. So, managing a decent hobble towards Penistone Hill at 6.18 I must press on and get through these ramblers who are hacking along the path. With a shattered knee, I'm down the final path and turning left towards the church I daren't now look at my watch.
Onto the cobbles, immediate left, passing quizzical looking day trippers, and through the short-cut across the car park, I hare across the road and into the finish, stopping my Garmin at 6.26.
Not exactly a walk in the park or a time of note but realising the shortcomings in my training routines then I'm well chuffed with that. I'm even in time for the awards ceremony!. I recall two years ago when I first fronted up here that the flags were coming down when I returned. I've knocked 1 hour 1 minute off that time but I'm fully aware that to keep improving at that rate then I've an awful amount of work to do. Thanks Brett and KCAC, you pulled off another cracker, see you next year.
As a footnote I include the proof that I wore the shirt awarded to me at the Tickhill Christmas “do” in honour of my travails over the long stuff. Here you go and thanks!.