Starting from a little car park just North of the village Stanton, I thoroughly enjoyed a cloudy spring morning on the trails. I headed off at 5AM with a headtorch Southbound travelling clockwise on the circuit. The trail joined the Leicestershire Round for several miles until Shackerstone, which I am quite familiar with. There are also sections of the National Forest Way that are shared and intersecting, so again it was nice to run a section of the trail I had raced on a few years ago. The surface conditions were optimum with very few muddy patches. There were a few sections just past Harold Staunton Resevoir where I could not see the trail markings, so that added time as I had to detour. There is a lot of aggregate activity at Bardon Hill, so there was a couple detours there as well, adding distance onto the trek. I found there were a few more hills at the end, but that's because of my starting location. I'm hoping to run this again in the future as it's a really friendly distance for ultra training and races.
6h 44m 1s