Mourne Mountain Marathon 2014 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1.

Great result Claire, still don’t understand how you ended up Pigeon Rock though  :o at least it was at the end of the day. I imagine a mistake like early on would really demoralise you and you certainley need all the morale you can get for this event. Great to meet up again with yourself, Eamonn, Oisin, Rusty & Spud too.

I struggled myself, my partner was a lot faster (I reckon he could have got a podium finish without me) and my pack was too heavy (over 11kg all in). I tried running everything flat or downhill on day1, it was hard work but didn’t feel too bad, only 2 very short stops during the day when climbing Eagle Mountain. Suffered at camp with very sore shoulders and a bad back, I couldn’t sit down! Avoided cramps all day but when I got into the tent for the first time both legs went immediately and I had to lie there for a few minutes laughing with the pain  ;D . 

Day 2 was a big struggle, just could not walk fast but was able to keep a steady but slow pace. My partner was always a “few” metres ahead of my trying to spur me on, but I think the faster he went the slower I went  ;D (I think when someone is so far ahead of you you tend to give up within, whereas if they are closer you feel you can catch up). Anyhow he was a good navigator so by the time I caught up with him at each flag he had already dibbed and plotted the next course so I just kept follwing him like a lost dog.

Came 27th (5h25) on Day 1, 32nd (4h13) on Day 2 – Overall 28th (9h39) out of 65 (I had hoped for a top 20) maybe if I’d taken less photos we could have made up the necessary 23 mins to achieve that, ah well, something to aim for next year. I can always blame the navigator too of course 8)

So here’s the photos

Mourne Mountain Marathon 2014 - The routes

The routes

a few map correction to add, unfortunately we missed an important one  >:(

a few map correction to add, unfortunately we missed an important one >:(

off we go and first task is to plot the route, good weather at this point is crucial, imagine doing this in the wind and rain

off we go and first task is to plot the route, good weather at this point is crucial, imagine doing this in the wind and rain

Cloughmore Stone

Cloughmore Stone

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manned checkpoints were dotted along the route, I hope they brought midge nets

manned checkpoints were dotted along the route, I hope they brought midge nets

The odd time I raised my head I got to appreciate the view, here's Pierce's Castle

The odd time I raised my head I got to appreciate the view, here’s Pierce’s Castle

Some teams stopped for lunch, not us though, we ate on the move. I remember trying to eat going up a steep hill and the food was falling out of my mouth as I tried to breath deeply  ;D

Some teams stopped for lunch, not us though, we ate on the move. I remember trying to eat going up a steep hill and the food was falling out of my mouth as I tried to breath deeply ;D

Shanlough catches me out EVERY year - must remember to stay wide of the fence where its deeepest (it smelled as bad as it looked  :'( )

Shanlough catches me out EVERY year – must remember to stay wide of the fence where its deeepest (it smelled as bad as it looked :'( )

top of Eagle and more great views

top of Eagle and more great views

finished day 1 and straight to the foot spa to wash Shanlough off me

finished day 1 and straight to the foot spa to wash Shanlough off me

followed by a wee rest in the tent

followed by a wee rest in the tent

and the lovely feeling of nice dry socks

and the lovely feeling of nice dry socks

and some delicious dinner

and some delicious dinner

looking for those lost minutes

looking for those lost minutes

there's always one (and its usually Rusty)

there’s always one (and its usually Rusty)

hmmmm nice

hmmmm nice

good idea, never thought of that for camp

good idea, never thought of that for camp

my wee luxury item, yes it lookslike pee but it tastes like cider

my wee luxury item, yes it lookslike pee but it tastes like cider

afterburners on and time for supper

afterburners on and time for supper

warming the paws, it was a really warm weekend, but once the sun dropped it cooled dramatically

warming the paws, it was a really warm weekend, but once the sun dropped it cooled dramatically

supernoodle supper

supernoodle supper

DAY 2 - a lovely dawn

DAY 2 – a lovely dawn

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the usual queue for the loo (and I was touching cloth  :o )

the usual queue for the loo (and I was touching cloth 😮 )

what a campsite

what a campsite

each class starts together on day 2 so there is a bit of a procession, especially with the good visibility, very tempting to follow the crowd but that caught us out a couple of times

each class starts together on day 2 so there is a bit of a procession, especially with the good visibility, very tempting to follow the crowd but that caught us out a couple of times

some fog in the valleys below, now that would make an interesting event

some fog in the valleys below, now that would make an interesting event

some confusion among the teams (the flag was behind that tree)

some confusion among the teams (the flag was behind that tree)

sometimes the flag is in a wee dip so you can't see it from a distance

sometimes the flag is in a wee dip so you can’t see it from a distance

this one you could spot from miles away

this one you could spot from miles away

3rd last flag and what a glorious view, there's Killowen below, our finish point, just have to get down a very very steep hill. It was tricky in the good dry conditions, if it was wet i would have stuck the waterproof trousers on and just slid down (many did so unintentionally)

3rd last flag and what a glorious view, there’s Killowen below, our finish point, just have to get down a very very steep hill. It was tricky in the good dry conditions, if it was wet i would have stuck the waterproof trousers on and just slid down (many did so unintentionally)

many teams just walked straight into the sea at the finish

many teams just walked straight into the sea at the finish

he said it was a shortcut that went wrong!

he said it was a shortcut that went wrong!

tempting

tempting

pretty in pink

pretty in pink

mourne pride

mourne pride

With thanks to LandyLiam. Original post here.

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