Ironman is something I may never attempt. I'm just not a good never mind a fast swimmer and would leave the pool frustreated and fed up more than likely. So hats off, a great time in my opinion I completed the Lakeland 50 this weekend. Officially an ultra runner! Set off 11.30 ish on the Saturday and finshed around 3.40am on the Sunday morning. I did what I wanted which was to finish. Overall time was 16hrs 10mins, just over the cut off for being eligible to enter the 100. I wouldn't be rushing to do the 100 next year anyway but would have been nice to have had that in the back pocket. There was a 15/20 min queue into the first checkpoint which was a bit of a bummer. That stop was very much needed though, it was so hot and so humid and the route bwtween checkpoint 1 & 2 is something else. Only 9.4 miles but 2510ft of ascent. Not something you could do with half a litre of water so glad I waiting for a top up had inside info about carrying enough food to checkpoint 2. I had a small grumble when I got there, thought maybe I'd not make the whole distance but filled up on food and water and was happy the rest of the way like I'd started over. I believe a lot of people dropped out at that point though. I rememebr a guy from Turkey who is used to temperatures in the 40s complaining the heat was hell The rest of the checkpoints are closer together and while the overall course came out at 49.3 miles and 9564ft of climbing I didn't find it too troubling. I did spend some time with a 100 runner who flaked out and got them moving again, I was close to the next checkpoint so gave them his number so they could track him. I fell over once in the dark, gave my spare headtorch away to someone whose batter had run out only for my other to die on me on Jacobs Ladder towards the end. Most of the route is pretty tough on the feet though, like running on lego in places. Overall, really chuffed with my result. I already know where I could improve and go better. Especailly when the fastest was just under 8 hours! I came home with no blisters, no chafing, no pain and thoroughly enjoyed it. The whole event was amazingly well organised. So much support, beer flowing in the marquee, checkpoints dishing out all manor of support and food, and every runner was friendly and supportive. Camping and transport to the start (for 50 runners) is all included in the fee and you get a decent little goodybag, t-shirt and medal as you expect from any race these days. Felt like a huge community. The views along the way were stunning too, as you would expect from the Lake district. Won't be doing it next year, new baby in 2 weeks so training volume won't be possible and I don't want to return slower. I may volunteer instead just to take in the atmosphere and they give you a place in the following years event if you would like one.