Likely events for 2013 are:
- Llantysilio Fell Race
- Excaliber Marathon - Clwydian Hills (if it's on)
- Scottish Island Peaks Race - Oban, Mull, Dura & Aron possibly (depending on the gang)
- Welsh 1000m Peaks Race
- Lakelake 100
- Ring o Fire Anglesea Coastal Ultra
The Llantysilio Fell Race was on the same day as the Excalibur Marathon which was the one I chose. I really liked it especially as recces led me to lots of unknown paths right on my own patch near work. The race was a mix of walkers and runners with lots of groups and staggered starts (every 15 minutes I think).
The SIPR was a pure pleasure. Light winds gave me and Steve plenty of rest on the boat and almost all of our running was in daylight. Steve was running well and I was in good form. As usual Steve's navigation was spot on. Adverse tides round the Mull of Kintyre led to a four hour period where we made no headway. "Rustle & Run" finished 20th overall (4th in class) and our running time was 10th fastest.
I chose to miss the Welsh 1000 this year insted happy to do a few runs round the canals - Northwich, Middlewich, Winsford, Back to Northwich.
Having finished the L100 in 2010 & 2011 I DNF this year quite early on. On reflection there was a mismatch between my mental and physical preparation in the five weeks leading up the the race. A short term digestive health issue stopped my running over this period and I happily watch the Tour de France coverage and convinced myself I'd just done I slightly abrupt and thorough taper. I was so much looking forward to it I didn't sleep much and remembering my earlier good form I started quickly, fell on hard times early on and gave up. What a bad idea! I've learned from it and I got my place booked for 2013.