Sunday, 18 November 2012

Tour of Pendle 2012

The Tour of Pendle - 17 miles and 4,500 ft of climbing up and around Pendle Hill in Lancashire.  YC was back for his 4th race yesterday, in company with Paul Hainsworth and Jane Saul.  Paul was running, Jane was our official support and team photographer.  The overnight rain and clag mostly cleared, leaving a cool but clear day with clouds occasionally brushing the tops.   There was mud and peat galore, making for a very exciting descent of "Geronimo Hill" midrace.  There was a huge field of 350+ runners, no doubt attracted by the smart T shirt included in the £7 entry fee.

The Tour is a race of 2 halves.  Fast running over the first half, then 3 big climbs on the second half culminating in the slog up Big End.  YC finished in reasonable order in 3 hours 7 mins.  Paul was just over 10 mins behind.  Jane witnessed the fun and games on the descent of Geronimo to checkpoint 4, then strolled up Pendle Hill to watch us on the return leg.  Over a debriefing cup of tea and bowl of soup in the village hall, the consensus was that this had been a grand day out.  And what's more, the raging fellrunner's thirst was not wholly slaked by the tea...
pre race prep
the lead runners descend Geronimo Hill

YC running so fast that the camera can't keep up (possibly)
Paul on the final run-in

Sunday, 4 November 2012

OMM 2012

YC ran the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) with Paul Hainsworth last weekend.  We were in the A class - 40 miles of yomping/navigation from one checkpoint to the next over 2 days.  The event was held in the Howgills at Sedbergh.  Saturday was cold but beautifully sunny.  Sunday was cold and (not so beautifully) wet.  But we managed to complete the course - an anchievement in itself when over the half the field on our course dropped out.  Hills climbed included The Calf, Green Bell, and Wild Boar Fell.  The overnight camp was chilly, but Paul had brought a secret ingredient to fend off the cold: a couple of miniatures of Highland Park whisky.  And very effective it was too.

There is more detailed report on the NFR website (here).

Saturday's start
Paul heading for the Howgills
steep climbing in the Howgills
wet but cheery at the finish