May 2009 News

3rd May - Uttoxeter Half Marathon

Some excellent results once again at the Uttoxeter Half Marathon today, with several Trentham members taking part. Unfortunately we weren't able to get along to watch the race, so if anybody wants to send through a race report, please feel free to do so. In the meantime, full results can be found here.

Well done to all of you that took part.


6th May - Clayton 10k

 
Report by Ryan Procter - thanks Ry - and well done on  your fabulous run!
 
Wednesday 6th May 2009 saw the annual Clayton 10k taking place around the streets of Newcastle Under Lyme, and it was with some trepidation that I headed up to the Gatehouse Pub with tired legs from London just over a week ago, and last week's efforts at the Kibblestone Clamber giving no respite so I was unsure how I would perform. It was also the first time I had taken part in this race so was not really knowing what to expect.
 
The weather seemed to be doing it's best to make for a pleasant evening although just before setting out from home the skies did turn rather dull and seemed to threaten more of the wet stuff that we have had plenty of just lately, however on arrival the clouds had cleared away to reveal a lovely, though slightly chilly, Spring evening. I arrived just as the marshals and Organizers were staking out the finishing area next to the pub. What a place to finish a race, the only thing that could have been better would be to finish in the bar itself and have draught Bass served as the post race refreshment drink!
 
 A few of the local residents seemed to be wondering what was going on as a trip to the nearby shops suddenly involved dodging a couple of hundred runners doing stretches and star jumps in the middle of the road to keep warm before the start. So after one last car had been directed in the art of a 3 point turn in the middle of Windermere Road (the start) by about two dozen runners we were off. Race underway and heading down the bank towards the roundabout seemed so easy, until turning left into Dartmouth Avenue, where the long drag slightly uphill seemed to get even more slightly uphill as it went on. I know a lot of people complain about these 2 and 3 lap races, but just remember, firstly you get to know where you went WAY too quickly on the first lap so you can conserve energy for the second, and also you get to see yourself suffer twice courtesy of the wonderful Bryan Dale's zoom lens! Add to this that your ever faithful band of supporters get to shout stuff like "Run faster you Muppet", "The bloke behind is catching you (again)", or, "I thought you were trying for this one" twice instead of just the once.
 
Reaching the top of Dartmouth Avenue completely gasping already, we turn left onto Whitmore Road and a nice flat/slightly downhill stretch where you can (try) and get your breath back, but just as it seems you have gained control of your overworked cardiovascular system, Southerland Avenue. Passing the pub at the start of the second lap seems all the more galling on a sunny Spring evening when you notice folks with pints in hand wishing you well, as you bust your guts on the second 5k. All I can say is that I'm glad the race isn't in July when there would be even more of the buggers!
 
Basically the second lap is identical to the first, but slower! Well it is if you're me. I staggered over the line to be greeted by the famous "keep moving through the funnel please".
Yeah, I will as soon as I can actually breathe again!
Notable performances on the day were Paul Burslem's great time of 37:11 giving him 10th overall and Super Sarah Johnson who did a fantastic time of 39:19 which saw her finish second on the day just behind the eventual winner.
A massive turn out for Trentham though on a fine evening, and thanks also to Del and Rachel for the support on the course!
 
 
 Love to all, Ryan.

More competition is up for grabs over the next few days with a choice of distances on Sunday either the Muller 10k or the South Cheshire 20 (Muller race is actually full!) then on Tuesday its the first race in the City Parks Grand Prix Series at Longton Park. Good luck to anybody that is taking part in these races, and PLEASE let us know how you get on as we are getting bored of repeating ourselves!


10th May - Racing Roundup

Lots of races over the past couple of weeks, and it's great to see people are sending in their reports. Please keep sending them as we love to hear how you are all getting on plus it makes our lives far easier!

The first one is from Stephen Burrowes.

The Hawkshead Trail race took place on a perfectly sunny Lake District on the 18th April. The Hanchurch Hilly a couple of days previously took it's toll and I finished having enjoyed the run but slower than last year. The scenery, atmosphere, organisation and challenge of the 'hills' make this well worth doing and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series, the Garburn trail, which is 24k including the little incline that is the Garburn pass.

The mileage build up for the Belfast Marathon went fairly well although I possibly included too many races in the final few weeks. Debbie and Adela can vouch for the 'effort' I made at the Kibblestone Clamber which was 3 days before Belfast. Unlike Ryan, I didn't really give it my best shot but it was worth it for the 'entertainment' of trying to find somewhere stable to put your feet on the downhill section before crossing the road back to the start. I've been fortunate not to pick up any training injuries or niggles and this could have knocked all that on the head. Maybe it's my age, eyesight or joints, but throwing caution to the wind and charging down hills isn't quite as attractive as it was when I was 10. The bluebells were good too, but perhaps I shouldn't have noticed.

The weather forecast for Belfast on Monday was quite poor, with wind and rain predicted. Both arrived although there wasn't as much rain as there could have been. The first half of the race was effectively a steady rather than steep uphill pull out of the city centre in a cool crosswind. A fairly rapid descent took us back to the shore of Strangford Lough for the run back into the city which was exposed and into the wind. Up until this stage at 16 miles I'd been managing a consistent 7:40/m and was feeling pretty relaxed. I can't quite work out what happened next although the wind accounted for me slowing to 8:00/m for the next 4 miles. At this stage I took my final gel and shortly afterwards began to feel slightly queasy rather than energised. I lost over a minute per mile after that compared to the previous pace and finished with a time of 3:31:11. This is 15 minutes better than my only other marathon and on balance I am pleased with the time. However I do wonder what would have happened if I'd entered fewer races in April and checked out the effect of these particular gels over marathon rather than just half marathon distance. I suppose this means that I'm just going to have to run another one to find out!

I just can't imagine doing what Ryan did and racing again a few days after London. He's obviously made of sterner stuff. Watching me go up and down stairs has entertained some people with a cruel sense of humour but I'm pleased not to be feeling anything more than a little stiff and sore.

Stephen Burrowes

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Muller 10K

Looks like lots of Trentham folks were over in Shropshire today for the Muller 10K, and we've had the following race reports in, the first from Paul Gibbings who is absolutely flying at the moment, and the second from Sarah Johnson.

 

As there were lot's of us at the Muller 10k, you may be inundated with reports, but I thought I'd send one in, feel free to edit/ignore it as you wish. 

With the windy conditions we have had all week, and a weather forecast of rain, it turned out a very pleasant morning for the Muller 10k with plenty of sunshine and only a slight breeze. The start is on a fairly narrow road, and with over 1200 starters it was important to get near the start if you wanted a fast(ish) time. After Newcastle I thought I might be able to run under 36 minutes, but have spent all week moaning about aches and pains and how rubbish I felt but was keen to give it a go anyway and barged my way to the front. Consequently I was very pleased when I just managed to sneak in under 35 minutes. However on my Garmin the course shows about 80m short, but that may just be my watch.

 I don't know exactly where I finished, just inside the top 20 I think. I do know I got the first V40 prize, whether I deserved it I don't know, as there were 2 guys over 50 that finished ahead of me. But tough, it's mine now and I'm not giving it back!

 Sarah and Jo, both kept up their great recent performances to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Womens race. There were plenty of other happy Trentham Runners, among them Rob who ran about 37 minutes, Ryan who is well on his way to running 20 races in a month (it makes me tired just thinking about it.), also Chris Mosiuk ran a pb. In fact with the goody bag on offer I should imagine everyone was happy, good quality Tee shirt, rucksack (with more goodies inside) and so many fruit corners that my arms ached more than my legs after carrying them back to the car. 

Paul Gibbings

Hi I did Muller 10k this morning so I'd thought I'd let you know how it went. (Really well!)
 
There were far more runners this year than last year with the race limit of 1200 before race day so the start was pretty tightly packed. However the organisation was pretty good as they held up the time estimation cards to get in a position with runners of the same standard which I've never seen in a 10k run before which was helpful.
The first half of the run I didn't take too fast and after the Muller factory which you pass by, its back heading towards the start. At this point you loop back on runners and there were several Trentham runners who somehow managed to shout encouragement which was very helpful but i was in no state to reply anything at that point since it was quite a struggle just to breath.
Anyway i felt really good on that race and sprinted to the finish with the clock ticking away and managed to get (unofficially) 37.58 which is a pb by 50 seconds and almost two minutes faster than last year so I'm chuffed to bits.
Jo also had a fantastic run knocking a whole minute off her pb to come in at 38.50ish? i think although that may need to be adjusted. There were lots of other Trentham runners about although I don't know any more times although Paul Gibbings said he ran a good time. I would highly recommend this race as it's very well organised and the goody bag at the end is the best in my race calendar with rucksack, Tshirt, drink, snacks and a big tray of Yoghurts whilst the fees are no more expensive than usual! Also it is very well signposted (every mile) and they let you know when there is a mile and a half left, one mile left and 200m left so you aren't left guessing where the end is or misled into thinking you're nearly there by marshals whose definitions of 'not far'
are often very different to mine...
Sarah

Ryan came across the photo below and thought it would be a nice one to post on here. Nice to see you back running Steph!


 

South Cheshire 20

On the same day as Muller was taking place over the border in Cheshire was the South Cheshire 20 where Paul Burslem was racing. This report comes in from Paul.

 

Well we have just had the Uttoxeter half and the Clayton 10k,then just to
finish us off it was the turn of the Cheshire 20.
This year we had twice as many bodies in it from last year,may have been due to excellent advertising as a warm up to Edinburgh [pre-potts turning to pre-Edinburgh ?]
The weather was perfect for running, not too warm and the wind had died down.
The race started at 9.30 and we were all into our stride, I was watching a
Tipton guy just roar off [Later heard he was a 2.20 something at London!]
When we were off i tried to show a bit of restraint after the prior week, and tried to keep to around 6.30 pace, quite hard to do on the undulating course.
I watched around 10 runners pull away and keep it steady, When we got to
Weston i went past Keith Jellyman [sure to be a front runner in c]
As we approached Englesea Brook we went up a sharp rise to get the blood pumping and down a steep drop [up on the way back!]
Going out of E. Brook there was another climb to bring us up to the 5
mark, From then on it was flattish till the 9 mile mark which enabled me to go past a couple more runners ,then the fun began, i went past a chap going up the climb and saw a Stockport runner ahead of me, little did i know i would be trying to chase him down for the rest of the race.
From then on i was just trying to get past him, not bothering to look at my
watch, when i got tired i just looked around at the glorious scenery and
tried to ignore the pain.
Around the 14 mile point someone shouted that i was in 6th!!
Someone at Englesea brook shouted for me to get on the back of the 5th
place,believe me if i could i would have.
At the 18 mile point i was around 5 seconds behind and maybe 5th could be on, but at the 19th mile he just pulled away from me[17 secs in the end] I was well chuffed with my run and as an added bonus got the V40 and a group plate.
Then i watched the other runners come in and it was a big day for pb,s on
the course, Nick Dunning and Mike Saint Dunne and Guy H,T, seemed pleased with themselves and Carl Moulton completed the distance for the 1st time in 2.19. Rob Findler came in a bit later but said to me "I'm Happy with that"
A big thanks mast go to all the organisers and marshalls for making this
day, and a wonderful goodie bag, mmmmmmm flapjack, made sure i ate it before the daughter would at home.

 

 

It was also the Mow Cop Killer Mile last Thursday evening, and it looks like Jo Donnelly was at it again and won the ladies race, or so a little bird tells us, and they kindly sent us a photo of Jo in action - there's no stopping her at the moment!!

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Tuesday sees the first of the City Parks races and no doubt we will have even more fantastic results for Trentham. It's really great to see so many of you - ladies and gents - running so well - keep up the fantastic work!


16th May - Yay - More Race Reports!!

Thanks to those of you that continue to send in your reports. It's great to see that you are all running well, so here goes with the first one from Dale Colclough.

 TWO RACES IN 5 DAYS.   ( Try these two out next year ).  

Racing on the roads has become a bit of a rarity for me these days, but given that the Longton Park 5K race is 200yds from Home how could I resist.

I wasn't hoping for much having avoided all forms of speed work in training over the last month and so it proved, running my personal worst  time on this course. However it was an enjoyable evening and well supported by Trentham's Marshalls and runners.   

Then it was from the sublime to the ridiculous with part two of my two race series. 

The Old County Tops Race Fell Race in the Lake district.  

Its 37 miles and10,000ft of climb and decent in the lake district. Starting in Langdale it takes in the former county tops of Helvellyn, {Westmorland} Scafell Pike {Cumberland} and Coniston Old Man   {Lancashire} with a 12hr time limit and a various cut of points that have to be met or you get pulled out. Its a pairs event and I was glad to have my friend and top fell runner Karl along.

The race started at 8am on Saturday morning so it was an early start to get there in time to register and make ready for the off.   The weather forecast was not good, so I packed plenty of wet weather and warm gear  in to my light pack. The sun was shining as we set off for the first check point which was over the fell side through the village of Grasmere and up the main road to the path that takes a direct route to the summit of    Helvellyn. As we climbed the bad weather that was forecast arrived and high wind, pouring rain and zero visibility were accompanied by temperature not much above freezing.

A main part to this challenge is navigation. You are given the grid references of the check points which include the three summits and two feed stations and then its down to you to plan your own route. Following the decent off Helvellyn to the first feed stop where tea, cake made a welcome feast, we the had a long trudge up the Wythburn valley through an area aptly named "The Bog" Then it was a climb up towards High raise and the long track across the Angle Tarn and up to Esk Hause.    

All went well until the climb up to Scafell pike  ( our third trip up there in the last two weeks ). I became badly dehydrated, which was bad news for some one of my experience. I just didn't spot the signs until it was too    late. Karl was hand to encourage me and get me to drinkand eat but i was down to a jog and was going no where fast. Having reached the Pyke we then had to find a very tricky line of the east side down in to Eskdale.

The tourist route here is out of bounds to fell runners , so its a question of picking your way down through crags and scree on to the grassy slopes 2500ft below.  Once down we then had a five mile yomp across Mosedale to Cockley bridge at the foot of the Wrynose pass.  By this time I was dead on my feet and if it wasn't for Karl's encouragement We wouldn't have made the cut off point of 7hrs.30mins??

Then it was a very steep climb out of the valley up towards Grey Friars before a ridge route across to the final summit of Coniston Old Man. On the climb I went very dizzy and thought it was game over. More drink and flap jack and I managed to crawl to the top. From The old man it was back across the ridge ( 2 miles) down to the 3 Shires stone which is on the road at the top of the hard Knot pass. About 32 miles at this stage, we   then had to run down the pass on the road. The final miles take you back across the fell side and down to the finish back at Langdale.  What a relief 10.1/2hours out and about 3 hours behind the winners.

I new I shouldn't have done that 5K on Tuesday.. Back to the drawing board and plan for next year. If you want a tuff challenge forget FLM try this one.                         

Well done Dale - sounds like lots of fun!

 

Then we had this report in from Mark Day.

Hi guys

Thought I'd send in another race report as you always ask so nicely.
I've been down to Telford Town Park today for the 'Schneider 5'. That's 5 as in 5 miles :)
Well I didn't fancy the run when I woke up this morning, and as me and the fan club got to Telford it was promising rain. 10 mins before the race started it delivered on that promise, and then some. Two minutes to go and everyone was sheltering under trees as the rain turned torrential. As they whistled us for the start there was no one brave enough to have left shelter. But, line up we did thinking 'This rain can't get any heavier'. It did, and it then turned to hail. By that point I'd got past the 'why am I doing this' thoughts and I was starting to enjoy the prospect of 5 miles in a downpour.
So we got underway, it was a small race of only 82 runners, mainly club runners. The course is pretty flat and a potential PB course - I'd run the 10K there just before Xmas too.
At the start of this week I'd decided to do the Longton Park 5K at a comfortable pace and go for a PB on this one. After a great time at Longton I switched my plan to taking it easy at Telford. There was no way a PB was likely in that wind and rain so I just ran to enjoy it and resisted the temptation of checking my watch until I finished ( I can't tell you how difficult that is for me to do !!!).
The torrents of rain eased back to 'just rain' after 3 miles, and stopped altogether with about half a mile to go. I think I might have even seen blue sky for a moment, but it could have been hypothermia setting in and doing funny things to my eyesight. The course was on tarmac but there were lots of puddles and some flooded bits, so I was well and truly soaked by the finish.
I crossed the line and stopped the watch knowing I'd be happy with 40 minutes. The amazing this was that I'd done it in 36:44, knocking 1:13 of my 5 mile PB! The results showed I came 36th out of 82, which is again very pleasing, and not only that but I was first Trentham runner home (well ok, I was the only one in the race !!)
So I'm deliighted that I got myself out of bed and to the start line. I really did have a good time. How bizarre :)

Roll on the next one

Mark

For those of you that haven't yet seen the results from the first of the City Parks races, they can be found here. Well done to Jo Donnelly who is currently lying in 2nd place overall in the ladies competition, whilst a few of the chaps got PB's (including Mark mentioned above!)

And finally, for those of you that haven't yet been hassled about this one or for those of you that keep forgetting (!), Adela Salt is taking part in a charity walk next weekend to raise funds for the County Air Ambulance. Although Del isn't running properly at the moment, she is still determined to do the 92+ miles of the Staffordshire Way over the weekend with a team from Staffs County Council. The event is been organised by the army, and the team will be camping over night and living on army rations for the 3 days. The walk goes from Mow Cop in the north of the county down to Kinver Edge in the south, with the purpose being to bring communities together and to raise awareness of the work done by public services and the military.

If you would like more information, or want to make a donation and support this worthwhile cause - even if you only want to donate 1 - the easiest way to donate is by clicking here. Many thanks to the few of you who have already made a donation - it really is appreciated.

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26th May - Burton 10

Thanks to Paul Gibbings for sending this one in. Please keep them coming!

"Thought I'd let you know I competed in the Burton 10 this Sunday. It was a pretty warm morning, but not too warm, and with hardly any wind was a good chance to run a fast race on a relatively flat 2 lap course. 

I was hoping to run around 58:30,  so intended setting off at around 5:50 miling, but got caught up a little, and went through the first mile in about 5:38, which saw me running just outside the top 10. The pace settled down a bit after that and I went through 5 miles in 29:15, bang on schedule, but I knew it was unlikely that I would manage to run the same time for the second lap. As it was I didn't slow too much and ran 29:29 for the next circuit, which gave me a finishing time of 58:44 ( only just over 8 mins slower than my PB! ). That took me past a couple more runners, according to me I finished 7th, according to one of the marshalls I was 6th, but I havn't found out yet which of us can't count. 

The race was won by 52 year old Garry Payne, who also managed to beat Ian Yates into 2nd place last year. I was second in the V40 category, behind Darren Washington from Stoke, who also won the Staffordshire championships run in conjunction with this race. I managed to keep the over 45 category in the club (Rob Tabbanor won it last year), which was the main reason I had entered, so have to consider it  a relatively successful day.

 I would like to say thank you to Jayne Dickens who has helped reduce the amount of pain I have been feeling in the abdominal area, at the time I was pretty certain she was just trying to beat me up, but I have been running a lot more comfortably since the beating, which has made training a much more pleasant experience."

And this has come in from Adela Salt.

"What one earth is this doing on here, I hear you ask - after all, these are "race reports" not walking reports. Well let me explain.

Some of you will already be aware that a couple of months ago, the army based at Beacon Barracks in Stafford challenged the local public sector to walk the Staffordshire Way in 3 days over the bank holiday weekend, a distance of anything between 92 and 96 miles depending on which guide book you use and whether you get lost. The County Council were one of those invited to take part, and being an employee of the county council, I put my name forward.

I had never met my team mates before - after all, there are some 30,000 employees in the county council and just 6 of us were to take part in this challenge - but I have to say that last weekend was one of the most memorable I have had, as we bonded so well as a team and had such a laugh.

The Staffordshire Way goes from Mow Cop in the north to Kinver Edge in the south, and the army had broken it into 3 sections:

Day 1 - Mow Cop to Rocester (32 miles but was actually 35!)

Day 2 - Rocester to Cannock Chase (easy day of just 24 miles)

Day 3 - Cannock Chase to Kinver Edge (36 miles)

Before the event, I had so many people saying that I personally would find the walk easy, (probably due to the fact that I have ran 100km races and crazy mountain marathons in the past couple of years) and yet they could not have been further from the truth. Admittedly the distance didn't phase me, but there was more to the walk than just the distance and that's the reason for signing up for the challenge in the first place - I'm not the sort of person that likes an easy ride!

The hardest part for me was the time element, but there were other things that when running, I take for granted. When running, in general "only 8 miles to go" means just another hour on my feet, but when walking, 8 miles is potentially another 3 hours - and that's on top of the 10 hours you've already been walking. When running, I don't carry a rucksack for 12 hours crammed full of waterproofs, bottles of water, food for the day, and big tubs of vaseline and first aid kits to name just a few things. When running, I wear lightweight shoes rather than big heavy boots that make climbing the hundreds of styles quite cumbersome in addition to causing swollen ankles and more likelihood of blisters. When running - even when I've done the 100ks or mountain marathons - I know I can have a hot bath or shower at the end of the day, followed by a good sleep in my own bed without 60 other people sharing the same room, snoring all night resulting in just 2 hours of decent sleep. Running is also an individual sport and you look after yourself, whereas "the walk" meant staying together as a team, keeping each other motivated and maintaining morale despite the blisters, despite the sore shoulders, despite the sunburn, despite the lack of sleep. And finally, you know that if you want to run the following day, you can change into clean fresh clothes and start again.

I won't go into the ins and outs of how the walk went each day - you would probably fall asleep before I even started - but throughout the 3 days, a few questions came into my head. How the hell did I run 100km (62 miles)in under 8 hours? How did I manage to run 48 miles on mountain tracks in Switzerland last year and finish in 9.5 hours? How did Dale manage to run the Bob Graham in less that 24 hours, and what about the Trentham folks who did the Anglezarke Amble earlier this year in less than 5 hours with 3,500 feet of climbing over 25 miles? And for anybody who has ever ran a marathon in 4 hours or less, don't you think that's pretty impressive if you think walking it would take 12 hours? Don't you think that running truly is an amazing sport?

My next question is perhaps the most stupid of them all - how long would it take to run the Staffordshire Way, and would it be possible to do it in 24 hours? That's it - the seed has already been planted, I already have some willing volunteers to help support me, now all I need is choose a suitable date and see if there are any other crazy people out there that might want to join me!"

4 out of 6 members of the County Council team finished the walk with 2 being forced to drop out on day 3 due to severe blisters on their feet. The team were raising funds for the County Air Ambulance and at the last count, they had managed to raise around 2,200. If anybody would still like to make a donation, please click here or email Del to let her know. Many thanks to all of you that have already donated - it was your support that kept the team going when things got tough. THANK YOU!

Day 3 - Cannock Chase @ 6am !!

Day 3 - The finishing team at Kinver Edge - well done guys!


27th May - Wincle Trout

This popular race took place on Saturday in beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures, making the river crossing greatly appreciated for many of those taking part. Four Trentham runners took part - Richard Ogden, Ryan Procter, Stephen Burrowes & Gareth Williams. See below for a race report sent in by Ryan.


Wincle Trout Race Report

 

I have never taken part in this race before, which is part of the annual Wincle Summer fete, in the Peak District.
If you have ever read the book "Feet In The Clouds" about fell racing, which I would recommend to anyone, a truly inspirational read, then you will have a real feel for this type of event which seems to originate in the hills of the Lake District where 'Mountain trials' were one of the most important parts of the annual Village Fetes.
 
Local bands playing, Dogs performing obedience trials in the enclosure ring, Children's dancing competition, WI Tea tent with magnificent slices of cakes that cost less than a curly Wirly, real ale poured straight from the barrel, coconut shy, smashing plates stall, tombolas, classic car show (7 Entries (two were tractors)), best scarecrow competition, a compare with a microphone that sounds like he's whispering down a toilet, oh yeah, and 300 fell runners!
 
The spectacle is fantastic as agog spectators watch the 300 brightly coloured be vested runners jostling for position down the lane before the sharp right turn into the field and across the grass descending to the valley floor along side the river Dane.
 
From the valley of the Dane River everywhere is up, and don't you find out about it. A steep ascent ripping the lungs wide open before crossing round the back of the Fete and down again into another valley, plunging through a 2ft deep tributary for a 10 mtr river crossing, and scrambling out dripping wet before once again climbing across unmarked fields and into the woods.
 
This is a very technical section where the headstrong, myself included, disengage the brain before racing full bore along undulating, rooted, rocky trails, before clambering over a couple of styles and a very steep ascent up onto the Heathland Moors near to Lud's Church (a rambler's mecca). Along past the Hanging Stone, and then some treacherous descending through open fields, tracks, and worst of all (or best of all if you're deranged like myself) twisted steep single-track paths through tight thicketed woodlands. A real tester for mental and physical strength as well as courage.
 
By this point I had settled well into a position and faced no real challenge from behind whilst being a little too far off the group in front to get back with them, after being dropped on the steep ascent.
Plunging headlong downward, spilling out onto the road at Dane Bridge, and then faced with the same lung busting climb back up to the Fete and the finish. I managed to run almost all the way (and I use the term 'run' in it's loosest possible terminology) back up the hill, only conceding to the relentless pressure on my lungs for the last 10 mts, where I broke into a walk.
 
Cresting the top of this final hill it was a mostly flat, but slightly undulating dart for the finish with one sharp turn, and although gaining now on the group in front the line came too soon.
My first Fell race since December was not too displeasing, and although I've done perhaps too much racing lately, I felt quite happy with the result. I finished 26/300 in a time of 45:07, probably some 10 mins off the winner, but I was happy with my efforts on the day. Richard Ogden finished about 50 seconds in front of me and Steven Burrows came in around 50 mins with Gareth Williams just around 55 mins.
 
A couple of pints of the local real ale and cake from the WI tent were all the reward one needs after such exertions to make you feel great once again. A fantastic atmosphere and a real welcome from the local folks. Well recommended :-)

 

You can find the full results for Wincle by clicking here


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