I pushed on up the Clough and crossed the 'reference point' log at 29 minutes 59 seconds! First time under 30 minutes. Great! Then it was more or less downhill all the way home. Unfortunately I tried to keep a good pace through Limb valley and pulled a calf muscle (again...) whilst navigating the twisty-turny ridges. Nothing serious but an irritation. Should be fine by the next run.
It'll be interesting to see how close to the 30 minute ascent I can manage next week as the current average is closer to 31 minutes. Only 3% difference but that's a lot. I also need to monitor pace now I have the 5minute goal.