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Day 2 of the Cyprus Challenge dawned early, but not so bright. This was the first of 3 early starts and after a pleasant afternoon start time the previous day, it was a morning meet up for the hill run. Luckily it was a bit cloudy, although still quite warm for November, but at least the sun wasn't going to be beating down on us as we ran up the side of a mountain! It was the day I think I was most concerned about, never having done a run of this type before. 11k wasn't too long a distance (compared to other runs completed this year) but the profile of the run was very very steep.

Over the 11k, the course started at sea level and the finish line was in a village at 600m above sea level, mostly off road through the Akamas national park. It was tough, with my main mission to be able to run the whole thing and not give in and walk up the very steep parts. I'm not sure if it was tactically the best way to tackle it or to get the best time/finishing position - there were several people that walked up the steepest parts that I would overtake, but they would then get back in front of me by descending faster on the downhills.

I felt that when I got to the end I had put in a respectable effort, finishing in a decent time and position and I succeeded in running all the way - although some of my slower miles felt like walking pace, the slowest one being over 12 minutes per mile (as opposed to my usual 7-8 min miles!) I did enjoy it massively however - good weather, good atmosphere, superb scenery and another feeling of immense achievement at having finished, when I finally dragged myself across the finish line next to a lovely little village church. I had hoped that I would jump a few places in the overall rankings, so was pleased to see that I had gone from 93rd to 85th!

 

My Results from Day 2:

 

Position overall: 82 of 164

Position male: 70 of 123

Position V40+ male: 11 of 14

Start time 9:29:35

Finish time 1:12:27

Chip time 1:12:27

Speed9.11 km/h

Per km.6:35 min/km

 

And in the Overall Rankings after 2 days:

 

Overall Position: 85

Overall Time: 1:39:53

Cyprus International 4 Day Challenge

Day 2: 11k Hill Run