Still feeling in good form from the Glencoe Marathon and not too sore from the riding of last weekend I decided to drive down to the race rather than cycle it as in previous times with the event base being moved a mile or so further away and deeper off-road in the midst of the army training ranges down at Longmoor Camp.
|Some Canicrossers striking a pose.|
I had looked at the course and compared it to last year’s and in the way that the organisers love to get the best out of the features of the terrain - leading us up some evil hills and through some ‘wades’ it was to pretty much the same as before, although with a twist: With the increasing popularity of the Brutal’s the event base had moved a couple of miles further towards Longmoor and a far larger area for parking of the massed ranks and the logistics of the event. With the start shifting locale, the course loop was to be joined at its southerly tip rather than the westerly extreme.
|A fairly solid start.|
|The initial uphills.|
|Looking back down the slope.|
|The wait for the dunk.|
|The trench wade.|
|A coupla happy chappies behind me.|
|The first pond crossing.|
|The second double-pond crossing.|
|Those still wading.|
|The last wallow before heading for the finish.|
|Stumbling across the finish line.|