Report from Simon Anderson:
In 1996 Ian Holmes ran the Coniston Fell Race in a scarcely credible time of 1:03:26. The course is advertised as incorporated 1,065 metres of climb and descent over a distance of 8.7 miles.
Conditions for this year’s race were near ideal for an assault on his record – cool air temperatures, low wind speed, dry conditions under foot and a high cloud base with intermittent sun penetration. Fortunately for Ian he was able to sleep easy on Saturday night safe in the knowledge that I could only muster 1:26:41, coming 126th in the process.
This year’s race was the second counter in the English Championships and was won by Tom Addison (Helm Hill) in 1:07:57, which involved a sprint finish that saw him beat Rob Hope by a single second. The stand out performance of the day came from Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley), who off the back of her 3 Peaks Race victory last week won the women’s race and set a new course record of 1:17:11, taking over 3 minutes off that set 18 years ago. With such illustrious competition I was pleased with my result, which can be viewed here.