After this it seemed to get harder, a little worrying as I'd only done 60km (my computer was set in km) and my back was hurting. When I rolled into the next feed station, where you had to ride over the mat to show you had done the full distance, I was surprised to see Jon there. I had soon recruited him into helping me fill up my bottles which were getting low and I grabbed a bannan. Apparently he had got a sandwich from someone who was handing them out of the back of a car. I missed that a sandwich would have been nice. We set off from there and I soon lost Jon, he is a lot stronger on the hills, but rolling into the next feed station, who was there, yes Jon. He was struggling with cramp so we stayed together most of the way to the next feed station. Bu this point my back and legs were very sore and I knew we still had to get over Nick o pendle, a climb I remember having to stop on twice last year. I lost Jon after this feed station, but surprisingly Nick o Pendle was okay - well it was hard I struggled but I never felt like I needed to stop! You'd think it would be all downhill from there but no it felt like we just kept going uphill. At this point I seemed to be really struggling, I noticed that my hands were a little shakey and was worried I would bonk, so I stopped and guzzled two gels and a couple of chocolate bars, at that point I realised I really hadn't eaten enough of the food in my pockets. Back on the bike and I dug hard, I wanted to get through 100miles before 8hours - I had it in my head this was 164km, its a little less. But I went through 164km in 7:59:45 so 100miles was definetly done in under 8 hours (that included all stopped time) ao something to cross off my aims. I wonder how fast I could do a faster route?
The next marshall told me I was in the next mile and it was flat after the bridge, amazingly it was. I rolled across the line as Ali ran up saying I was too fast and she hadn't got the camera ready. I was so pleased with my time, I was aiming for sub 9 hours.
Offical time: 08:05:46
Riding time: 07:51:52
Average HR: 145bpm
According to the results, I was the 3rd female back. The fastest female time being 07:54:51 by Jonny Hughes and the fastest overall time was 05:43:04 by Phil Ellison
I found the results here