Last year I entered the BatRun because I thought that it would be great training for Ultra Trail Drakensberg – which I had to pull out of :(, but boy, was this a tough challenge. Nothing prepared me for the recces, which I was sooo grateful for. This was not a race, this was an adventure – a fun adventure.
The first peak – Devil’s Peak was not too bad. I was hoping to make it before I had to turn my headlamp on – who was I kidding. Kane Reilly was already halfway down and there was still light, hectic. I descended carefully; knowing that Platteklip awaited. Platteklip was also manageable with the flat on top to Maclears Beacon and back such as magical journey. Then came the pain and the drop in energy. In hindsight I should have eaten a little more. Going down Plattekip was such a pain, both literally and figuratively. It would not end!
At the bottom I savoured all the goodies, such as potatoes and chocolates etc, but they would not help me until I got to the top of Lion’s Head.
Lion’s Head was such a slog, it felt as if I was climbing with my arms along. Finally the top, a great photo with great people helping out and much needed rest. Then the energy came back.
The decent was easy and so were the hills thereafter, and yes there was still 5kms of up and down from the bottom of Lion’s head. I was hoping to finish by 1am, but I only finished the Lion’s Head descent at 1am. In the ent I finished at about 1:40am, which was good, I think, sort of, I don’t like being in the middle of the results list – in fact I hate it. Next time …
Shoes: My trusted Vivobarefoot Primus SG from Moove/Native Sport