Just a very quick update on yesterday's IAU World Trail Championships that took place in Connemara, Ireland. The race website http://www.runconnemara.com/ is currently down, (now back up and working fine), however the race results can be found on the following link: Race Results
The race was absolutely awesome, a real experience running in a Great Britain vest, as displayed in the photo above, taken by the Irish Team Manager Tony Brennan, shortly after the start of the first climb up Diamond Hill, where, when this photo was taken, I was in sixth place!
Yes, I adopted my usual strategy, "Run as fast as you can , while you can" and was actually leading the race for a wee while, and reached the start of the first tough climb after 5 km in 3rd place. As you can probably imagine, quite an exciting experience! I then settled down into a more realistic pace, and just enjoyed the very demanding boggy and mountainous course. I ended up finishing in 15th place overall, out of a total field of 131 starters. I was the first Great Britain team member to finish in a time of 7:10:42. Other male team finishers were Julian Rendall 7:16:50 (16th), Allen Smalls 7:39:47 (29th), and Craig Stewart 7:47:00 (35th). Unfortunately Andrew James (Highland Fling winner) had to pull out due to a hamstring injury, aggravated as a result of an extremely boggy and slippery course.
The British Womens team was led home by a fantastic 3rd Place by Lucy Colquhoun in a time of 7:57:20, followed by Adele Salt 9:36:40 (18th), and Heather Foundling-Hawker 10:38:24 (24th), Also, unfortunately Karen Rushton had to pull out.
Overall an amazing experience. Race report to follow later this week.