Another report from the hon. handicapper
As Colin was travelling up to do the Guisborough 3 tops, (8 miles/2100ft), partly to make amends for navigational problems the last time he did the race and with Caron also keen to do her first AM category fell race, I couldn’t really not have a run out too.. Neil Charlton also took advantage of local family connections to do his first English fell race for quite a while.
Not having taken more than a cursory look at the route, I was hoping that ‘following‘ would be fine, always a mistake, and so it proved for me. By the time I reached the gale force winds on the infamous Roseberry Topping I was isolated from any runners with local knowledge. The group I was running with missed a couple of race markers and probably added at least half a mile or so, losing at a guess 20 places in the process. With about 3 ish miles back to the finish I did gain a few places back but never mind…a good fell training run out.
Next back across the finish line with an excellent run was Neil, followed by Colin who had no route finding problems second time round, and shortly afterwards by a strong finishing Caron.
The winner was Peter Bray Durham FR in 1:07:28, I was 22nd (5th V40), 1:17:11, Neil Charlton 77th, 1:29:35, Colin Best 102nd (9th V55), 1:34:51, Caron Ralph 110th, (5th LV45) 1:37:50. Full results here