Yes, it has been a while since my last blog post back in May. UltraStu hasn't disappeared, however, I decided that in order to fully prepare for my key race of the year, the Montane Lakeland 100, I needed to focus all of my non-physical training on me. So I took a break from blogging.
Well the Montane Lakeland 100 started at 6:00pm on Friday night in brilliant sunshine. If you haven't seen the results yet, I wont delay any longer in informing you. My TOTAL preparation paid off, and I ran one of my most satisfying races for quite a while, hitting the lead during leg 2, and managed to hold on right to the end, going through some challenging moments along the 105 mile journey, and won in a time of 22:17:50. In the end I won by 45 minutes from Charlie Sharpe (23:02:45) with Ed Batty third (23:07:40). But for a while the win was touch and go, with Richie Cunningham hunting me down pulling in time quickly towards the end, before he unfortunately 'hit a wall' big time and dropped from second place down to sixth.
Th race once again was surperbly organised and the entire weekend had such an amazing atmosphere, simply fantastic!
Those of you who have missed my blog posts, I have a feeling that my race report, likely to be posted later this week, could be quite an ultra event to make up for the recent lack of posts.
From a rather weary Lakeland 100 finisher, in sunny Coniston time to sign off.