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Ultimate Trails 110km & 55km

It’s felt like a long time to get to the actual event day for this event, plenty of planning, helping with setup and figuring out what I am taking along.

Riding to the event was good, not to fast it was warm and there is no point of arriving sweaty! Arriving in good time to socialise, the event briefing was busy which made for some great photos. I’ve headed into town to find some food, pizza it turns out, was ok the best bit was getting some dessert but from the Apple Pie Shop :) will be eaten! (post-eating it was yummy)

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Heading back to the event village before it all started at about all to getting a few photos of people milling around. The point where I decided to turn the flash off and see what the camera could do in low light was a highlight, sharp well exposed photos with light from peoples headtorchs! Taking a few more as the masses arrived, then boom it all started and then a few minuets later they were gone. Time for bed, a few hours sleep for me. I am camping and it feels pretty adventurous!

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Not to bad sleeping, waking up to some low clouds was nice. Gelling back on the bike at 7:30 to ride to Stickle Barn. The first runner, Kim Collison is miles ahead so I’ve just help setup a little and am now waiting on the fells for Kim to run past, then I might get some breakfast before heading out on the hills! It has clouded over a bit which may make for some more moody photos :)

Kim came past me at 9:44 not to far from my estimations.

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At the bottom of stake pass now and only seen four runners, where are the rest?… Been to the top of Stake pass and seen a few more runners, time to head back down. Theres two ladies in the top 25 which is amazing to see!

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Back to the pub now and a quick bite to eat before I head to my main position for the day, an amazing location with the langdales as a backdrop!

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Its 3:20 and I’ve found my spot for the day, it’s in line with the langdales and with a little shade too, so I do not burn. Still waiting for the masses, hope they come soon… The sun is being a pain in the sunshine, too much of it with deep shadows, should be able to recover them but would be nice to have it on the other side of me or somewhere else. Also trying to avoid ticks, there are some monsters around here!

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The first of the 55km are coming through, right on my estimated time of 5:10pm :) it’s clouded over, which isn’t so bad…. I’ve got no idea how many competitors have been past, maybe only half so its going to a long four more hours until 10pm.

Just put on a layer, its not cold just a little windy. As of 7:30pm I’ve now added on some armour to stay alive, you may not be able to see it here but there are midges around! So thankfully I bought a midge net :)

It feels like the event is slowing down a bit, it’s 8:36pm. Slowly getting darker as the sun is now behind the langdales. Taking the time to rate my photos so they do not need to be done when I get home.

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Its now 9:05 and I’ve just done some more floating selfies, about three of these today to show where i’ve been.

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Next mini project turned out to be a 27 second timelapse of the sunset behind the langdales, check it out below :)

Soon after the sunset it was almost time to head back to the pub. Making my way slowly back there were a few runners. Getting back to the pub at about 10:10.

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From the pub was a short ride back to finish, through the quiet roads and into Ambleside. After getting to the finish there was about 30 more people to come so I stayed awake until the last one was home which was about 1:15am.

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The last thing to do was have a shower so I could feel fresh overnight, I didn’t fancy a sweaty sleep. It’s now 1:53am and time for bed, it’s raining and I’ve done 67.68km so far at this event (may still ride home. Good night :)

Its morning now, about 10:30, sorted out my tent it’s still raining. The sun came out for prize giving, it was great to see so many people there, a few photos later I choose my option of getting home and that was by bike on the ferry :) in the sunshine to.

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Home at 3:10 after a great bike ride! 98.78km ridden and walked (24.08km of that) at this awesome event, lots of friendly people and amazing landscapes.


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