Over the last month i have been busy taking part in the a couple of local mini mountain marathons. The Kong mini mountain marathon and the Peak Raid 3. What are these all about.
Both races were based very close to where i live. They involved running in the hills of the Peak District whilst navigating from checkpoint to checkpoint (Map and compass skills required. No GPS) over a certain period of time. Usually 3-4 hours. Checkpoints have different values of points, the more points you mass by locating the checkpoints the better. A mini mountain marathon is a test of navigation skills, fitness and judgment. Weather conditions and local knowledge play an important part as well. Managing your expectations is key. If your late back to the finish point you lose points. Its a battle.
The wintery conditions on the hills for both events placed a huge part. Fell shoes are still shoes. Limited grip. Running in snow takes longer and uses more energy. Especially pockets of deep snow. Manage your expectations and don’t bite off more than you can chew.
How is this enjoyable?
Comparing your route with a friends route, the decisions you made, the errors and considerations you made I would have gone to that checkpoint there all make for a good day out. Especially when your having a warm drink and cake back at the start. The decision making of your route choice add a element of interest rather than just running a predefined route. Running in the snowy hills with map and compass, i’ll give that a miss thanks.
Why not give it a try?