The weather was blustery, precipitation lightly fell and the task big.
Setting off from the start, running up from Nant Peris to Pen Y Pass felt strong. I made my way past many, enjoying the climb and the impending descent that would follow.
As we ventured off road, down the rock covered path, runners could be seen across the valley at the top of the pass.
But it wasn’t until the 20 mile mark, 3 hours in that things became interesting. I felt a dull ache on the outside of my right knee. Experience told me this wasn’t good. I’ve suffered in the past from a similar injury, which has left me unable to climb or descend stairs. I continued to run, until I was reduced to breaking up short runs with walks.
This soon became a permanent walk.
I knew I could push through it, but doing so could result in a lengthy injury and therefore it really wasn’t working. My walk became a limp, and it was with this that I descend the steep lanes into LLanberis. The pain excruciating, I kept all weight off my right leg and my pace was reduced to a crawl.
The end of the video documents the finish line, you should be able to hear their support for yourself.
I’m not afraid to see the support was overwhelming and reduced me to tears.
This is why I love running.