Report from Graham Lake: This is the 2nd time I’ve run this race in my Dad’s home village. Part of Esk Valley Fell Club’s NEHRA winter fell running series, the race starts from the pub at the bottom of the village, then rises steeply on the road up to the moors. I finished 16th last year, so was looking for a top ten finish, and felt good on the steep road section sitting in about 8th place. Once on the open moor, there were some route choices, and I think I chose right each time, taking the longer, but faster route. I lost a fair bit of time on the descent into Glaisdale valley as was worried about my recently sprained ankle, and lost 2 or 3 places. There then followed a boggy section with 2 slippery wooden bridges which claimed some victims, with runners, including the winner, grazing their knees after falling on them.The race then climbs sharply up through forestry, and I couldn’t catch the group in front, but there didn’t seem to be anyone behind, so I just relaxed and enjoyed the flattish run over the moors to the road. I clawed back some time on the fast downhill road section, but was too far behind the chap in front to risk anything on the rocky, muddy track down to the finish, so settled for what I later confirmed was 11th place. Pleased with my position, as haven’t done much off-road running lately, need to get some more races booked in!