Langsett Loop Trail Marathon – Andy Mason
Headed over to Langsett near Sheffield today to take on the Langsett Loop trail marathon, I didn’t really know what to expect, I have not done a trail marathon and the website said undulating trail around a reservoir and road shoes would be ok, so I thought this will be a breeze, i’ll go just over my usual Marathon pace.
We set off into what felt like a wall of wind as I’m sure you all did today, then the hills came and just kept on coming, then we had to do four more loops (Barkley Marathon-esque just a bit shorter). I made it to mile 17ish at a decent pace but my knees took an absolute battering, from then on it was slow going.
It’s definitely the toughest challenge undertaken as a runner, but I enjoyed it so much, the views, the people, the marshalling and how the event was organised was spot on.
With over 3000ft of elevation, the wind against me and a bit of a nasty fall I managed to get home in 4.24.39 and a 9th place finish and am totally over the moon.