Cloud-seas in the valleys as I drove over to Buxton for the second Otter 40 provided a fine early morning view and sharp temperatures at the 9am start which soon woke the system up as 232 starters gathered near Buxton market- Memories of the day are the large number of people apparently sprinting at the start enjoying the glutinous goo in Shallcross Woods? refusing the enormous piles of jam butties at checkpoint 2; eating too many jam butties at checkpoint 3? managing to run (just) up Deep Dale 1; negotiating the vicious cleft (well, thats what it seemed like after 37 miles) of Deep Dale 2: ....
The route was varied and mostly enjoyable, though with perhaps a bit too much road- The organisation was excellent and the whole thing was very good value money. While Helen and Alison were preparing for great things in the Himalayas, I did my infinitely easier bit for Intermediate Technology too with over £120 sponsorship raised from this run.
210 finished? Ray Aucott broke the mens record, though Chez's ladies record of last year remained safely intact and Dark Peak A won the team trophy again, bettering last years time by 10 minutes.
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