Paul’s Blog – Petzl Night Trail

With the rain lashing down all night over the Coed y Brenin it seems appropriate to wish for drier conditions for tomorrow evenings Petzl Night Trail. The race kicks off at 6:00 pm with 90 teams of 3 as well as 44 Solo competitors. The race covers a 3K mostly single track loop (anything but flat) as many times as you can before 9:00 pm with the last lap having to start before the 9:00 pm cut-off. The fastest teams will be aiming for 12 or 13 laps (roughly a Marathon) with the fastest solo’s aiming for 11 or 12 laps. A few hardy soles were out in the Coed y Brenin testing grip on their shoes yesterday evening & believe me it was very wet underfoot. For me grip wasn’t an issue but concentration was as I took a flier at one point inflicting further 2019 damage on my hands & adding my left knee to my list of scars, pride lost after a fall springs to mind.

Still think the legs will spin tomorrow so my personal target remains 10 Laps in an attempt to prove the ageing process wrong.

Good luck to organiser Matt Ward & his team who put on a great event (well worth coming out to watch, bar, food, live commentary etc. etc.) & to all the runners to whom my only advice is :- A spare headtorch calms the nerves, it’s dark out there when your battery life begins it’s warning flash!

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