Posted: 23/10/2016 at 18:31
Very nice PBing reg!
Welcome back to the world of racing with a number SG
Top relaying Dachs, and the race baton hands over to me now...
Really Wild Boar Fell Race for me today – 5.6M and 1400ft. Low key job, but attracts a reasonably high quality field apparently. I was there quite early, after a really nice drive across the Yorkshire dales to the edge of Cumbria, so had a decent warm up and a chat to a few people. Set off with hat and gloves on and a couple of checkpoint tokens held on my wrist by someone’s old knicker elastic!
I started a few rows back as I wasn't sure how fast they would get away, and very slowly got into my uphill stride, overtaking a fair few on the 3 mile climb to the top of the fell, where I turned in about 14th place. The descent was sometimes runnable, sometimes insanely steep, but always soft and boggy, with the occasional hidden rock for good measure. As usual, my descending was crap and I lost lots of places, but still thought I could hold on for a top 20 place.
Eventually we hit the same track we started on, and I dumped my last bit of knicker elastic into the marshal’s bag before a mile of undulating, then downhill rocky track to the finish. One more guy caught and overtook me on the track, which was a real shame, as he ended up 20th and pushed me back to 21st! The £4 entry fee included hot tea, brewed out the back of a camper van, and home-made cake. Quick chat with fell-running legend Darren Fishwick – 700 races in 7 years once another half dozen are done – and then a drive back to Askrigg in the rain for beer and pizza. A grand day out indeed….