Over the last year I have done a few trail/mountain ultra races, the longest being the Satmap (now Clif Bar) 10 peaks. As they say on their website the “10 Peaks The Lakes is a non-stop hike/run over the 10 highest peaks in The Lake District. The course covers approximately 73 kilometres with over 5,600 metres of ascent. The unforgiving terrain of The Lakes makes this one of the UK’s hardest one day ultra distance events.” Earlier in the year I did a recce of the Vegan Welsh 3000’s course (across the 15 peaks in Wales over 3000 feet) and met an inspirational chap called Roger Mills who was doing one marathon or ultra per month. As I grew up in the Lake district and new the area for the 10 peaks challenge he asked if I would like to do it with him, so I jumped at the chance. There was also additional motivation in that the 10 peaks race gets you 2 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) qualifying points, so if I could drag myself around that course I could enter the draw for one of the shorter UTMB races (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS), a mere 120km over the alps). The race started at 4am, and we finished at just gone 2am the next day, in 40/41st place out of 200 starters.