First Ultra Marathon of the year, and it was a cracker. Organised by GB Ultra's, fellow Marathon des Sables tent mate Wayne Drinkwater's race series.
For the first time since our sandy jog across the Sahara, Chester Ultra saw 50% of tent 126 together. It was great to Stephen Braithwaite, Matthew Neale and of course Wayne Drinkwater.
After the early chill cleared the sun came out and the weather was just about as perfect as you could wish for running.
The route was a mix of muddy fields, tracks and trails, canal paths and short forest sections. Relatively for this type of race little in the way of overall elevation 4262FT, however, the vast majority of that came between 23 and 41 miles.
I had a pretty good run for the first of the year, I kept, with Stephen's company, to a reasonable pace through to 34 miles or so, I slowed between 34 and 42 and managed only a feeble walk jog walk pattern between 42 and the end.
A reasonable season opener, great to see the chaps and brilliant to run another of Wayne's incredibly well organised races; surely the fastest growing race series in Ultra running at the moment.