After Comrades, I though it was important to get some off-road running in before the Davos Swissalpine, and spend some time out on my feet, so when Graham Patten of Lakeland Trails offered me a place to run the Coniston Trail Marathon, I thought it was an ideal opportunity. Unfortunately, a relatively sleepless night courtesy of a youth hostel group room didn’t bode well for a good run.
The course itself looked quite challenging, with >2200 feet of ascent and descent over the marathon distance. The weather seemed to have improved somewhat from the torrential overnight rain, but this was just the lull before the storm as it recommenced while we were marshalling for the start. My waterproof jacket was so wet within 5 minutes of the start that I decided to hand it over to Doug who was waiting for the later half-marathon start. Skin is meant to be waterproof and it was definitely comfier without sleeves but it wasn’t fun with the strong winds, driving rain, and poor visibility on the upper parts of the route.
|Through the village, having already ditched the "waterproof" jacket|
|Round the final field, still carrying the gels!|
|"One-size fits no-one"survivor t-shirts!|