Colin Williams was recently pounding the hills in Northumberland, taking on the Allendale Challenge (26 miles, 1000m ascent)
I had a good run took 4hrs10 – I think it is a full 26 miles and 1000m of ascent as I finished with a bloke had a magic measuring watch. Mainly good trails and tracks, but a 5 mile section in the middle across open moorland and peat bog. It was a field of about 80 (mainly local) runners and I finished 7th . I faded in the last 5 miles so good training for Edinburgh marathon, and I know where to try to improve. I did a "Mike McGovern" and took a wrong turn which cost me a minute or two, and I finished was less than a minute off 5th place!