Simon Anderson comments:
On Wednesday 21st May 2014 Brian Goodison (Abbey Runners) and I had a jaunt out to Kildwick for a summer’s evening fell race hosted by Keighley and Craven AC.
For those yet to investigate this corner of God’s Own County, the setting is a rural idyll between Keighley and Skipton, close to The Honorary Handicapper’s home village of Silsden.
The route starts with an abrupt and rude climb out of the village terminating at Farnhill Pinnacle, which bizarrely we had to run around before performing what was effectively an undulating figure of eight over Kildwick Moor.
The dash back from the pinnacle became entertaining when I lost my hard earned position to a fella who had hurdled over the left hand side of a canal bridge that the marshal was directing us to turn right at the end of and run back underneath.
Rarely do I bother sticking in a sprint finish, but so indignant was I at being jumped that I spilled my guts to regain my place over the remaining 250 metres to the line, finishing 3rd overall (1st V40) in 27:53.
The men’s race was won by Ian Nixon (Pudsey & Bramley) in 26:29, and the first woman was Lindsey Oldfield in 31:52. Following the event we adjourned to enjoy the pleasures of the White Lion, where prize giving later took place in the beer garden. The results can be found here.
Next race: Hutton Roof – Saturday 24th May. Anyone fancy sharing a ride?