Brecon 40

What I was expecting: a gentle cruise around the Breacon Beacons in the style of the High Peak 40.

What I got: the evil bastard son of a December Round Rotherham and a wet Fellsman.

Low-lights: getting actively ‘swept’ through the first few miles, falling over 4 times, attempting to run into a head-wind through boggy ground which stretched as far as the eye could see. In fact pretty much the entire first 30 miles.

High-lights: the last 10 miles, navigating and running well on my own in the dark, making serious inroads into the back end of the field (in terms of time if not placings...)

And it was the first proper outing for my Salamon S-Lab 12. I’m still getting to grips with how best to use the (numerous) pockets and fastenings. It’s the most expensive piece of running kit I’ve ever bought, but this might well become my  new favourite running rucksack.

An aside: I never used to understand why people described running as a cheap sport. I used to spend a hundred plus pounds a year on running shoes! And then I took up triathlon... And acquired 3 bikes and a set of wheels, each of which were individually worth more than my car at that time (although that says as much about how old and crap my car was as it does about my fall into the ‘triathlon bling buying’ trap).