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Saturday 1st December – Frostbite 30 Mile Ultramarathon


Report from OAC’s Matt Broughton:

I competed in the Frostbite 30 Mile Ultramarathon from Pateley Bridge.

Starting at a local scout hut it headed out north and took in a large portion of the Nidderdale Way. Course details here.

I was a little apprehensive about running as it would be the furthest I’d ever ran and I knew it was going to be a little hilly but at least the forecast appeared to be good.

When I was woken up early Saturday morning by the rain outside I wondered if this was going to be a good idea?

Thankfully when I arrived at the Race Headquarters, although very cold and icy, it was a beautiful morning and just the conditions I had hoped for.

The race started just after 9am, with what appeared to be about 60 other runners. I had absolutely no idea on how to run this, so I just tried to relax into a comfortable pace and not pay too much attention to the pace of the other runners.

After a relatively flat first couple of miles the course started to climb quite steeply onto moorland but at least following mainly well-marked trails.

As the race progressed there we quite long sections where there were no other runners insight. On a number of occasions I feared I’d missed a turning but sure enough I would eventually come to the next race marker.

The route had been cut short by a couple of miles as we were told conditions were unsuitable around Scar House Reservoir but I managed to add on about a mile missing a turn near How Stean Gorge. My watch suggested that the route covered approximately 3,000′.

In the end I was pleased and surprised to finish twelfth overall in 4.33.54.

A very well organised, friendly and low-key event in beautiful surroundings made for a great day out and one which I will be returning to next year.

Details and results to from never-rest.com. The race was won by Frazer Hirst in 3.53.15 and the first lady in seventh position overall was Deborah Gowans (Accrington) in 4.27.36.

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.

  1. #1 by reid haddow on December 3, 2012 - 10:25 am

    fantastic run Mr Broughton, well done, makes our 9k. short run look sick! Well done Matt.!!

  2. #2 by sarah on December 3, 2012 - 11:19 am

    welcome to the ever expanding otley ac ultra club 🙂

  3. #3 by Graham Lake on December 3, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Nice one Matt, sounds a great event and experience. Hope you’ve had a beer or two since 🙂

  4. #4 by matt on December 3, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    Good Effort Matt. Lovely day for a long run, I know all this route and it’s lovely. Bet you were suprised how long the first hill up to the moors goes on, but good when you get there.
    Congratulations.

  5. #5 by Matt Broughton on December 3, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    Cheers matt. Yeah it did go on a bit! Like you say though amazing views once up there.

  6. #6 by Tom Potter on December 3, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Well done pal! Fantastic achievement, who’d have ever thought you running something like that, had I of said two or so years ago… Nice one

  7. #7 by Liam Dunne on December 3, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Good effort Matt. Another tough run under your belt in a short space of time!

  8. #8 by Hannah Mallinson on December 4, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    Well done, you did amazing!

  9. #9 by Caron R on December 5, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Nice one Matt! Did anyone actually get frostbite?

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