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Recent training and racing

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The last week has been rather uneventful as far as training goes, as I have been having a rest week. However, I have managed to get out into the fells and enjoy some beautiful scenery.

Last weekend I ran at the fell inter counties in Yorkshire, Rossendale, finishing in 4th place. Cumbria also won first team. There were runners from various counties and even a team from North Wales turned up to run. The course was around 8.5km and was tough and fast. The course had been churned up by previous races and it was extremely wet, boggy and muddy. There was also heavy rain.

The start was very steep, and then leveled out and before going downhill and then back up again. The course was undulating and kept going up and down with flat bits of trail in between. The climbs were generally steep and sharp, and unforgiving on the legs. They were also very slippery due to thick, sloppy mud and even clay after exposure to heavy rain.

The climbs were made easier by my Salomon shoes (S Lab sense SG 5) which were provided by George Fisher. The soles have studs which grip the mud, and the rock plate built in helps the shoe retain its spring and responsiveness. The descents on the race were like a death trap. I fell numerous times into mud and bogs and ended the race soaking and looking like some kind of bog monster!

This is part of the fun of it all however; pushing yourself in challenging conditions, being exposed to the elements, and finishing your run or race with a smile on your face. The atmosphere after the race was second to none and there was tea and cakes on offer along with friendly chit chat as always.

After I raced on Saturday, due to having GCSE exams, revision and also the fact that I didn't have any big races coming up; I decided to have a rest until Wednesday. I didn't exactly do a hard run on Wednesday, but I did my favourite run up Ullock Pike and onto Longside Edge. The views up there can't be beaten. You have full view of both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite lake, and all the fells for miles around. The route up is magical and stunning, with the bulk of Skiddaw to your left, the sweet smell of heather and bracken in the air and as mentioned the views of the lakes (to your right).

For this run I used the Salomon S lab speed shoes. They are a fantastic shoe with great grip, a close to the ground feel, a lightweight ride and also great looks to boot. When I got to the top of Longside edge I had no choice but to stop and admire the views, and also take some photos. I will post these below. So overall, the last week has been not too eventful but great nonetheless.

26 June 2017 by Harry Greenbank

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