Report from OAC’s Sarah Fuller:
Perhaps two months with no running and a build up of a couple of weeks of short run / walk efforts isn’t the best preparation for The OMM and shortly into Day One my lack of hill fitness was certainly showing!
We made a very wise last minute decision to change from B Class to a Score Class as I was worried my injury would re-occur if I pushed it for too long too soon (as well as being completely un hill-fit!) – in a Score Class I knew how much time I would be out and we could take it really steady yet still complete the event (the winner is who collects the most points rather than the fastest to complete a set route).
Day One was beautiful but a tad chilly on the tops and we had a lovely steady run across the Howgills and then onto Wild Boar Fell to overnight somewhere between the two.
We then discovered we were first ladies and therefore were included in the chasing start for Day Two (this was good news as it meant we had less time shivering in the tent but we now felt obliged to push it hard the next day!).
The weather turned grim overnight (just when you really don’t want an extra hour ‘in bed’!) and the clag was right down when we set off at 7am. This played to our strengths and we had a much stronger day and my calf seemed to be coping well with anything but the really steep ground (where I had to adopt a very bizarre gait!).
The navigation was really tricky on baugh fell but we got lucky and hit all the checkpoints reasonably well. The weather got worse as we climbed back into the Howgills and onto the tops and we felt very glad that we only had to be out for four hours as we ran down into the finish through an alarming amount of mud!!
Final position – First ladies and seventh overall in short score class, I once again ran with Kate Boobyer (Pudsey and Bramley).
Sam Stell and Liam Dunne were also running in B Class and finished 76th which is brilliant given we saw them halfway through Day One and Sam was suffering with a bad knee. Nice to be back in the hills….