Last week I was lucky enough to be asked to help recce a route with the Endurancelife guys. We headed out at 7.30am and hit the road bound for Cornwall - a place where I'd been many times along the coast but i'd never ventured inland assuming there wasn't anything interesting out there. Wow was I wrong!
To plan the route there was 3 of us and the plan was to drive out and run the actual route and see how much marking the actual route needed. It was also a great chance to check out water stations along the way. For me it was not only the chance to get some great running done with some fast guys it was also incredibly interesting to see a bit of a behind the scenes insight into planning a race.
After the first climb this was the view we were greeted with! I can't believe how epic and barren inland Cornwall was, it was a definite shock and I know it won't be long till i'm back out on the trails there.
In the background of the image below you can just make out the hill where ^ that ^ image was taken! Having driven from Plymouth where it never snows it was pretty awesome to get to run through this snowy landscape too.
So by 10am we'd already had an epic run but it was time to move on and find the next section. After checking the section that runs along the road we came to the next offroad section. We grabbed the map and headed out again. Now this was completely different, where the first run had been baren and open with steep craggy climbs and descents this was incredible rolling single-track through the woods.
All in all it was an epic day and great to find some new routes and train with some great runners (thanks Rich and Danny!). The Endurancelife UTSW is going to be an epic race covering coastal trail, vast barren landscapes and swooping single-track through the woods. I couldn't recommend it enough and although it doesn't really fit in with my training plans for this year I think I may have to just step things up and at least give the 60mile course a go...