Bus may have seen this on Facebook but i find this pretty amazing. Ive ran in this relay before and the lake district terrain is brutal. It's also worth bearing in mind that the top teams who've tried to beat them have GB international mountain/ fell runners in. The likes of Keswick AC have a team that's all pretty much 32 10k standard runners or better in at the minute.
Hodgson Brothers Relay
When Leicester won the Premier league in 2015, it was said that the odds of them winning at the start of the season were a million to one.
I wonder what odds would be given to any premier football club winning the premier league for 20 years consecutively. In fact I wonder what odds would be given to any team in any competitive sport winning any league or trophy consecutively for 20 years, it would be nigh on impossible. Add into the mix that the sport in question was fell running over Lakeland???s roughest ankle breaking terrain, in thick mist, in the first weekend in October, over a four legged relay, and the odds would be completely off the scale.
But this is exactly what Borrowdale Fell Runners have done, they have won the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay 19 consecutive times over the last 21 years. The event has been cancelled twice in this time, once because of Foot and Mouth and once because of flooding. The last team to win was Kendal in 1994! Remarkably one of Borrowdale???s finest runners, Mark Roberts who has been in 18 of Borrowdale's winning teams was also part of that Kendal winning team and Jim Davies has been on all 19 winning teams!
And it's not as if other teams have tried their very best to unseat them over this time, there has been some very close battles against the very best Fell Running clubs in the country, Dark Peak have come close a couple of times, so have Calder Valley, Bingley and, Pudsey and Bramley, Keswick were close in 2015. In 2010 Mike Fanning and Nick Fish went astray on the first leg and came in 7 minutes behind the leaders in 7th place. But gradually over the next 3 legs they caught up and on the final descent to the finish, Ben Bardsley and Morgan Donelly made a decisive move and went on to claim victory from the jaws of defeat over an extremely disappointed Pudsey and Bramley team. Another year Phil Davies broke his leg descending on leg 3, he managed to hobble to the change over with his partner, Mark Roberts and still managed to hold onto the lead. Amazingly the pair still got the fastest leg on that day and the team went on to win again.
It's going to be a tall order for the boys in purple to win this year though, their team is seriously depleted through injury and a couple of the guys are now in their 50???s. They have failed to put a proper competitive team together for this years British and English Championship where they are normally so strong. They have won the English team championship 12 times in the last 20 years and the British team prize 13 times, the years that they didn't win they were first loser. (2nd).
Keswick AC are probably the odds on favourites to win having both local knowledge and a young team bristling with talent, but Dark Peak and Calder Valley teams are chomping at the bit so the race is wide open this year.
Whatever happens next Sunday, ( 2nd Oct) whether they win or lose, it should be a cause for celebration, I doubt any other team will ever come close to the kind of domination shown by Borrowdale Fell Runners in any sporting event.
I'm lucky with my eyesight. Never had any bother with it. My brother on the other hand has a lazy eye. It starts wandering.
I did find out that my left eye is the dominant one though the other week whilst at centre parks doing a bit of archery. I was adamant that if I had to shoot a rifle or a bow and arrow I'd pull the trigger/bow with my left hand as it felt more natural. A hand gun I'd be right handed though.
He had me making a a triangle with my thumbs and fingers with my arms extended and then slowly bringing it back to my nose. It turns out that you bring it back towards your dominant eye.
Not sure if I'd be shit with a hand gun in my right hand but I was ok firing with my left.
Well done on the double Pete. Not sure how you manage 2 in 2 days.
Looks like a bit of a mini thread meet at the nationals in a fortnight as I finally dusted off my racing shoes. I ran in the northerns yesterday in what was supposed to be a 4 mile leg at the running track/stadium next to the Etihad.. Think it came out at around 3.5 mile. Had a brief chat with RobT when I first arrived and good to see him back racing. Team was hoping for a top 10 so I didn't help matters on leg 4 that despite a 5.01 first mile I was overtaken before even leaving the stadium which was 300m in.
It was a clubmate of Steviesee who I knew was quicker than me so pointless burying myself to stay with him as I'd have gone backwards after 2 mile. Ended up in a bit of a battle with another chap early on who I managed to get past and think I gained 2 places. Mile 2 was 5.08 and mile 3 was 5.13 but both them included a lap of the car park at the bottom which was exposed to the wind and the gradual rise back up to the stadium. Not sure what the last 1/2 mile or so was in as I kept my watch going for the warm up/down.
Ended up running 17.44 which I was happy with. A few local lads who have been running well (sub 16 and sub 32) were all around the same ballpark so despite not racing it looks like the 70 mile weeks and lots of hills have put me in ok shape. Hopefully a good few weeks of training, track, XC etc and have a good end to the year.
We ended up 11th so always good to see Barlick Fell runners in front of some big city clubs at the road relays.