We started as usual from the Saltburn Leisure Centre and ran down towards Valley Gardens and there went on a slightly different route to the sea and towards the Ship Inn.
Up on to the cliffs with a nice view back
I had expected lots of mud on the course but it wasn't too bad at all. Melanie and I took it easy up to the 'charm bracelet'
before starting the descent towards Skinningrove. The weather was very good, very little wind, no rain or snow and not too cold.
Down all the way to the beach
past the first checkpoint and fishermen's boat.
This photo doesn't really show how steep and long the climb is out of Skinningrove...
Looking back gives a better view.
and on to the Sports Sunday photographers.
and then a small diversion uphill which actually reduced the distance by just over a mile, a rare bonus !
Then some tarmac and down into another part of Skinningrove, up the other side and across many fields and the quiet mineral railway line.
We almost got to the 12 mile checkpoint before the first half marathon runners caught us up (they started an hour after us). At that checkpoint they head for home whilst we headed out towards Guisborough Woods which are still some distance away in this photograph.
When we got to the woods we had to climb up a long way before the tricky technical, muddy descent to the bottom before the infamous Tees Link climb. Hardmoors events that start in Guisborough usually take in this climb early on, but in this event you don't reach the climb until about the 18 mile point. It feels so much harder at that point. The next two photos are taken about two thirds of the way up
Finally we reached High Cliff Nab with it's lovely views and then on through the woods which had one or two muddy bits (thanks to Melanie for this photo)
and then onto the moors for three or four miles. As usual they were a bit wet, but much better than the last two years.
and then it is back to trails, fields, some more climbs and back into Valley Gardens and the railway viaduct.