Report by Andrew Robertshaw
After last year’s glorious weather at the Ian Hodgson relay, the more traditional lakes weather of rain and wind greeted the runners setting off from Patterdale on this 4 leg, paired event covering most of the surrounding highest peaks.
Pange and Sarah Smith lead Otley off on the first leg, (4.5 miles/1000ft) going past Angle tarn and finishing at the small village of Hartsop, running well to finish in a time of 58.21.
Graham Lake and Simon Anderson set off on Leg 2, (7.5 miles/2600ft) with the big climb up to High Street, (no shops here!), then across to Caudale Moor before some fast running back to the top of Honister pass. Some vision issues hampered Simon a little on the trickier rocky descents but they gained 4 positions finishing in a leg time of 1:38:09.
Leg 3 saw Laura and Sarah Fuller tackle the steep & rocky climb up Red Screes at the start of their 4.5 mile/2000ft journey back to our Sat. night camp ground near Brotherswater. Despite a nasty twisted ankle towards the end of the leg for Sarah Otley moved up a further 3 places overall.
Saving our fastest pair for last leg, Sam & Liam set off on the 7.5 mile/2800ft route that takes in the summits of Hart Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag and came into the finishing funnel at Patterdale having gained us a further 7 places. I didn’t see everyone finish, but in terms of style across the finishing tape I’m sure Sam & Liam stole the day with their dive. Watch the finish here, afraid you’ll need to turn your head 90 degrees!
Despite, or maybe because of for some, a great time was had by all, I think.. Well done team. Full results on sportident here.