Steve Birkinshaw – Winning the Dragon’s Back Race

I was delighted to win the Dragon’s Back race last week. After 200 miles and 50,000 ft of ascent I ran into Carreg Cennen Castle with a big smile and grimace on my face. The race was everything I expected 5 days of running along the length of Wales over most of the highest peaks. There were many high points and some low points along the way but overall it was an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Four days after it has finished and I am still tired and hungry all the time. My lower left leg is still badly swollen (it got inflamed on the fourth day) and it will take a couple of weeks for the inflammation to go and to get back to running. But it has all been worth it.

I am going to write the full story over the next week or so. But I think it is important to first thank Shane Ohly for putting on this iconic race after a 20 year gap and also the volunteers/marshals who spent the week looking after the competitors.

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