Saturday 1st December – Frostbite 30 Mile Ultramarathon

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.

9 thoughts on “Saturday 1st December – Frostbite 30 Mile Ultramarathon

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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