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Harpenden, England, United Kingdom

Friday, May 17, 2013

Off road (Red Kite Challenge and Ras Y Diafol, 2013)



I have run on roads a lot more this year than ever before, and this has been hard, both physically and mentally. Road running is starting to grow on me a little bit, I think, but the transition back to softer ground and hillier surroundings has felt really good.

A couple of weekends ago, I ran the Red Kite Challenge (trail half-marathon) on Saturday and then the follow-up Ras Y Diafol (17M) on Sunday. Both of these races were really fun, but in a somewhat bitter-sweet way. The bitter part was that I ran much better (4th in 1:29 on Saturday, 1st in 2:01 on Sunday) than I would have expected, given that this was only a week after a goal marathon race. I knew this already, but the weekend was another reminder that I did not get the most out of my fitness in Manchester. Then again, I am not going to complain about winning a race, even if Ras Y Diafol is a pretty small and low-key event. And the prize was a pair of Salomon shoes!
Red Kite Challenge – this picture even made the local 
newspaper, and I am now officially a celebrity!

Ras Y Diafol – once a WV Mountaineer…

Cader Idris tomorrow – it is looking like the heat is not going to be an issue this year!

4 comments:

  1. Nicely done, Gancho. You are are hitting your stride. The pictures are fantastic and seeing you in the Gold-n-Blue put a smile on my face this morning. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks Phil! Funny you should mention strides – I was just planning a strides session for today and reminiscing about the one we did together along Deckers Creek.

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  3. Way to go Gancho. Great seeing you still representing us West Virginians!

    I'm anxiously awaiting your return to WV for a race.

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    1. Thanks Adam! It will happen - I still need to run a proper Highlands Sky and the Trilogy is always appealing.

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