8:30am As I stayed over in a B&B the night before, race day breakfast consisted of wholemeal toast, mushrooms, beans and tomatoes followed by a banana. I drank plenty of water with a carb mix powder.
11:00am We approach a main road and the markers show to head up the road on a steady incline for a mile or so. By now I have overtaken a fair few groups of runners and get into a steady pace of 6:30-45 min/miles. The course leads up a small private road and back onto national trail into the hills and fields where the scenery is plenty of corn fields and poppy fields. The trail is rather winding and has limestone and mud throughout. We go through a few kissing gates and other styles before heading down a steep field pathway into a wooded area where the trees have a spooky feel to them.