Anyone up for it?
Hunshelf Amble Fell Race Report
After doing a hard speed session Thursday night & a friday rest day Saturday 16th June was the 2nd chance in 2012 to do the Barnsley Double. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/Barnsley/results/latestresults, A 4mile run to Silkstone in 30min or so then the http://www.barnsleyharriers.org.uk/bh/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=52.
I ran 19:20 & 2nd @ Parkrun, averaged 7.43min mile to Silkstone then ran 30:31 & 14th @ a wet, muddy Silkstone Shuffle on tired legs. Good days running and a couple of good results.
So that brings to today and the 3rd race of the weekend, The Hunshelf Amble fell race in green moor. This is a gem of a race, one of those local ones organised by a small parish council that at£4 for 8miles of tough hilly fell fun is also value for money.
I walked the 1.5mile up the bloody steep hill to the race HQ from home. the legs felt a little tired but not too bad. i knew they weren’t anywhere near enough fresh and that the race could be a struggle but reckoned i had enough to simply dig in and do what i could. Will stick to the highlights and not describe every little bit.
Thought i might try to empty my bladder pre race but it wouldn’t come so went to the start line and on go we were off, i quickly moved into 2nd, followed the leader up the hill and turned left past the cricket ground and thru the gap in between the houses and into the isle of skye. I was at this point 3rd and in a group of 4 with the leader a little in front of us.
Into the woods and down the muddy trail the feeling of needing a wee came on and i hoped it would eventually go away but on the climb back up thru the woods to green moor i realised i would have to stop to relieve the feeling and hoped i wouldn’t lose too many place or time on the 4 guys (dark peaker and 2 kimberworth runners) getting further in front. I finished, shook and retied my shorts and NO ONE caught up or went past, in fact i couldn’t see anyone. We must have built up such a lead.
I chased as hard as my now tiring legs would let me but wasnt really gaining, I worked my way back up into green moor and then worked my way down the trail to the field at the bottom of quarry hill where i was confronted by a calf surrounded by maternal/paternal cows blocking my passage. I had to clap my hands to eventually make them move, this enabled a guy in a red t-shirt to catch up a little. So it was over the little bridge, over the 4ft wall, along the road and to the Trunce river crossing, the water was higher and faster than last mondays trunce so on getting to the middle my legs were swept away, i fell into the water and banged my shin on one of the covered stepping stones. Red t-shirt managed to catch me because of the fall
This had taken a lot out of me and i struggled up the hill, along the path and into the 5 wheat fields we had to struggle thru. I noticed i was catching the dark peaker but also red t-shirt was keeping up around 30sec behind and i was literally just digging deep to keep it like this. We got back onto the road, past the power station and up the hill to Hunshelf bank and the last undulating 3miles.
Nothing Changed from here, i didnt get any closer to Dark peaker, I had to keep digging in and red t-shirt wasnt catching me. The extra 1/2mile added due to the refurbished isle of skye wall was intresting and i finished strong.
5th Place in 54min 48sec. Happy because it was a massive improvement of 17 place on the last time i ran it in 2010 but do wonder if i hadnt needed to stop & go whether i would have been in the prizes. Nex
Wow! Top bombing GI! Sounds like an immense weekend of racing.
Not decided about Blackamoor yet. Trying to take things easy and do some gym stuff ahead of starting 16 weeks of marathon stuff.
Good race report - 8 miles fell running - I can feel the lactic - sounds horrible!
Managed to get back out on my bike last week - couple of chaingangs one with a couple of hours before hand, easy 40 mile ride Wednesday, 65 mile North ride on Saturday and then 112 mile sportive in the Fens on Sunday so quite pleased to get back on it. Leaving for the Marmotte 2 weeks today so gotta do some catching up. Moz/Liz - some decent riders entered your TT on Wednesday - should be a good battle between the top seed the national hill climb champ Gunnar Gronland and a guy who comes out with us James Tucker - quite glad I forgot to enter now !
edit - found some photos of me in the sportive - not for those of a fragile disposition http://sportivephoto.thirdlight.com/viewpicture.tlx?advsearchid=1340042985&pictureid=11228823298
Hunshelf Amble is a cracking little fell race as GI has mentioned, only 60 odd runners, and mostly odd....It was indeed a tough race but great fun and the river crossing was quite a challenge, thigh deep and going along at a fair old whack.
Sheils had a good run, was too strong for me this time, and is running really well at the moment.
Definately my kind of race, plenty of mud, challenging terrain, great atmosphere tea and cakes at the finish and there was even a race t-shirt and all for £4
What have I let myself in for?
not sure if anyone is aware that there is an alternative olympic torch relay going around the country. it is called the endurancelife real relay. it set off 10days before the official one, Unlike the official one this one doesnt stop overnight, it just keeps going 24hr a day and the legs arent just 300m they are 10miles on average.
Well, i have managed to bag the Ecclesfield to rotherham leg. Yippee?
1. i pick up the baton at about 5.05AM
2. i have to run thru PARSON CROSS, Town and past meadowhall carrying something that looks like a LIGHTSABER from STAR WARS!
3. It is 14miles long but i do get 2hr 20min to get to the next handover.
Hunshelf sounds fab - if you like that kind of thing!
Top that you're getting your mojo back pops . Scared shitless about the TT. Found out a mate is marshalling - he's collecting the signs after the last rider too so at least there'll be a friendly face on the way back . He reckons I'll do it in under an hour, but I think I'll be more like 1.10. Which will, very definately, mean that I'm the last one home as I'm the last lady to set off and only 6 people behind me!!!
What i have to carry @ 5:15AMish thru Parson Cross & Fir vale.
Isnt it subtle?
You'll look like a Jedi from star Wars (dun,dun,dun - dun ded dun - dun de dun type thing)- I guess it won't be as obvious on a light morning.
Nice n steady 8m for me this morning.
Don't know if it'll fit in with 'life' generally but...
Guess theres a few here done it previously
Blackamoor...Do you need to navigate or are there that many runners and marshalls out that it's just 'follow my leader'?
GN - lost me with the first bit there. re Blackamoor - you'll be fine, there's usually enough to follow.
Ta, Just meant that although I fancy it and I'm checking it out. I don't know what family plans etc are and whether my doing it fits in with other responsibilities.... Everthings a bit fluid at present with sick kids :-S
They do kit checks or can you just run it without?
Garry N wrote (see)
Ta, Just meant that although I fancy it and I'm checking it out. I don't know what family plans etc are and whether my doing it fits in with other responsibilities.... Everthings a bit fluid at present with sick kids :-S They do kit checks or can you just run it without?
They didn`t do kit checks at the last one GN otherwise they`d have not let me near any fells!
Blackamoor is the hardest of the short fel runs in the series with one hill you go down and then back up again shortly after you leave the road - its a knackering climb on the way back. re kit it will depend on the conditions, but if its like today they shouldn't be pushing this too hard - but best to have something just in case (leave in the car so can get if needed).
Good race report Gareth, as always
Still can't believe ET is fell running
Am pooping myself about this TT. I'm not sure what time I'll do (slow) & I keep having nightmares of loads flying past me (which is gonna happen anyway) I'm hoping my biker hubby will be stood waiting to support me at the top of each long climb. I don't mind being last, just don't want to look a tit
Saw Riggsy last night at the motorshow :Y:
no kit required for blackamoor (no mention on website either).....never known any kit required at any 6 miler....
whats all this nonesense about kit, you're only out on the moors for an hour, very surprised about tideswell, whewre did you get your info GI?
For the VERY LAST TIME!!!!!
Section 9 of the FRA's safety requirements....
Competitors should arrive at races prepared to carry any or all of the following equipment:-
a. Windproof whole body cover.
b. Other body cover appropriate for the weather conditions.
These requirements constitute “best practice” and are mandatory at all Category A Long and Medium races. However any race organiser is free to impose additional safety requirements (e.g. waterproof as distinct from windproof whole body cover) and competitors must be prepared to accept such requirements as a condition of race entry. In the event of settled fine weather, confirmed by a local weather report, the organiser
Ta Haile, seen that before
Although I don't do anywhere near as many fell (type) runs as I'd like, I've got the kit and it's always packed. I'd have taken it in the car.
It's just if its like at Tigger Tor, we had to park a fair distance away from race HQ. <span> I didn't want to leave it in the car and have to go back for it. By the same token, I didn't want to take it if I didn't have to. Like you said, its only a six miler in hopefully good weather and plenty of folk about.
anyone doing the "Midsummer Mad Dash" tonight?
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