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.
Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.