Travelling to the lake district on a rainy windy cold snowy day is always ideal preparation for a day of racing but the mood amongst the camp on the night before the race was upbeat and confident and with two teams (Chris Dunn, Stephen Foster and Jenni Campbell with Angela Coates) from Berghaus a bit of friendly rivalry kept our heads away from the abysmal weather and firmly on the race….
We woke the next morning greeted with sunshine and a perfect crisp day perfect for trail running and biking. So after a hearty breakfast we all set off for grizedale and registered at the visitor centre for what looked to be a very competitive race (this proved to be very much the case)
At the start line myself (chris)and Jenni were surrounded by some very professional looking runners, when we set off the front pack went off very quick so using my experience from other races and knowing there was a great descent at the end I held back a bit and settled in just off the leaders just ahead of jenni who seemed confident in this tactic also
I know grizedale forest quite well so I knew how tough the run would be and the ascent to the top of Carron crag was relentless but the tracks were in excellent condition which proved useful as I had something left for the 2km descent leading to first transition. I have worked really hard on descending technical tracks like this and this put me in good stead as I overtook quite a few people on the downhill and came in 3rd place in the relay with Jenni just behind in 4th.
My biker Steve went flying out of transition and smashed through the bike stage to bring us into 2nd place overall at the start of my second run. The bike stage sounded tough as it was full of long fire road sections which wasn’t suited to Steves technical style of riding and didn’t allow for him to stretch out over the course. Despite that steve powered through with a bit of grit and determination and looked strong coming in to 2nd transition I set off on the 2nd run
The 2nd run was tough but I came in in about the same time as my 1st run which I was happy with and we finished 2nd overall an improvement on our 3rd place finish at kielder which we were over the moon with, the other team from berghaus did even better coming in in 4th overall but winning the girls category so this was a good day for berghaus and sets us up nicely for the next couple of challenges : Buttermere 10 miler and the last round of the Duathlon series the Newlands Duathlon
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