The route involved a long descent before a slightly sharper ascent along a track path towards the Longmynd Summit where we paused to have some sausage sandwiches whilst Stu attended to his feet, which were a little sore. There was limited water available here in a plastic container next to a 4×4 but we had sufficient supplies at this stage and had intended to fill up at the next checkpoint.
Frank and I headed off as Stu finished attending to his feet and agreed to catch us up. From the Longmynd Summit there was a long slow descent towards the town of Church Stretton.
By this time, we could only see a handful of other walkers. We had learned there were only 60 participants which was a lot lower than the 200 or so they had catered for in the past which was a shame as there were fewer people to engage with during the day.
Stu and I had spotted a couple of paths as Frank made slow but steady progress behind us. I made a final offer to carry his pack (more to ensure we didn’t fail any cut-offs times as a team if progress was slow) but Frank had completed 95%+ of the route now and was not going to take any assistance now which I quickly realised.