The first was on Tuesday at Willen Lake, 7.5 laps around a pleasant enough lake and park in Milton Keynes, in lovely sunshine. It was all pretty low key, and felt even more so as I didn't really know anyone there. I recognised a few faces and chatted with some people on the way around which was cool, but I was intentionally taking it really easy and making a point of stopping for a bit at the CP each lap – partly because I was in preservation mode for Saturday, but also because I couldn't check into my hotel until 1500 so there seemed little point thrashing one out to just sit in the car for two hours.
I felt a bit tired on lap 6, but that passed when I got onto the last lap, and without much fuss at all I finished in around 4:09, just a couple of minutes quicker than Snowdonia two days before. I grabbed my medal, found a McDonalds, and then checked into my bargain basement Travelodge to get ready for the next day.