Jonathan Duncan, photo courtesy of James Kirby Photography
Sunday saw the first 12 mile Haglofs Overground Trail Run as part of the Overground Underground Festival in Ingleton, a weekend of outdoor activities for the family.
The race started at a civilised hour of 11am in the glorious sunshine and headed out of the village on to Twistleton Scar. This was a brutal climb for 2 miles, but the runners were rewarded as most of the ascent was done. The race pace speeded up for the crossing over Scales Moor and great views of the infamous RIbblehead Viaduct were enjoyed by the runners. Just after 6 miles at Philpin farm, a feed station had been provided and many of the racers were glad for the chance to refuel and rehydrate for the return leg. The 6 miles back to Ingleton took the runners past Great Douk Cave and a number of Pot Holes. The run over Lead Mine Moss was on a little frequented path which weaved through the spectacular limestone pavement in the shadow of the highest mountain in the Dales, Ingleborough, with far stretching views towards the sea at Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains. This was followed by a fast descent down Fell Lane to the village centre.
The 12 miles was given short shrift by Jonathon Duncan and Chris Shelton as they raced to finish in 1hr 19 mins – Jonathan just pipping Chris to the line in the last 100m sprint. Third place was taken by local runner Mark McGoldrich of Wharfedale Harriers. 1st Male VET over the line was Steve McClean of Southport.
The ladies put on a spirited race with Julia Leventon of Valley Striders taking the 1st place in 1hr 34 and 2nd place went to Carol Evans in 1hr 37 who also took 1st Lady VET. Jennie Guard was not far behind with a 1hr 44.
Haglofs supported the event with nearly £1000 worth of prizes going to 1st to 5th. Spot prizes were also given out to the those at the back of the pack for getting best value for money and making the best of the day.
Just a quick heads up for anyone who is making a weekend of it at the Ingleton OGUG festival the tickets for Andy Kirkpattrick talk on the Saturday night are selling fast. This promises to be great evening and relaxation before the trail race on Sunday (20km Overground Trail Race) in Ingleton. Full Bank Holiday of activities on offer!
For the more active, you could do;
Sat - Mountain Bike Orienteering event
Sat Evening - Andy Kirkpattrick - comedian/climber chat