The latest blog from the top class fell runner, Ben Mounsey, who won the first race of the English Fell Running Championships at Black Combe last weekend. Read about how he did it and what it means to Ben.
There’s no doubt about it, the pressure was on.
I think I first began to feel the weight of expectation on Thursday when a flurry of Facebook notifications began to appear on my laptop. My sponsors, Inov-8, had posted a competition to win a pair of X-Talons for the person who could correctly guess the winners of the first English Fell Running Championship race at Black Combe on Saturday.
Pictured above: The advert for the Facebook competition.
I couldn’t resist looking at the list of entries…‘Tom Addison and Victoria Wilkinson’ seemed the most popular combination and certainly the most sensible choices. Both proven championship race winners and worthy pre-race favourites. I was also flattered to see my name mentioned as a potential winner but I tried to ignore it.
Still, the notifications kept coming, many from friends and family and I wondered if people were voting with their hearts rather than their…
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