Report by the hon. handicapper
May Bank Holiday sees one of the first of the summer’s traditional Dales village gala’s plus fell race at Austwick. This race is an 8 mile / 1200ft amble across the Norber erratics to the Ingleborough path at Sulber Nick and back. Arriving in the nick of time, 12:55 for the 1pm start, the pre-race warm up for Caron was a sprint to register and get a number!
Meanwhile Caron’s number one supporter, Flash pottered up the road sniffing out any potential difficulties for the runners. Moments later the runners passed and Flash barked his support and was keen to chase as fast as his little legs would carry him! After a walk up to the erratics we missed the leaders on their return, but did see a mountain rescue Land Rover rushing up the road, followed shortly afterwards by a first response ambulance car. Oh dear somebody must have a twisted/broken ankle I thought.
Back almost to Austwick, watching the runners coming through and just as I was thinking Caron should have come through by now, a guy from Harrogate (Nick) stopped to say Shane had collapsed with heat exhaustion and Caron had stayed with him, whilst the cave/mountain rescue got there. By the time the ambulance returned to Austwick Shane had come round, but was on his way to Airedale hospital for a checkup. So lots of thanks to everyone involved in Shane’s return and a hopefully a very speedy recovery.
Back to the race, provisional results show that… 1st back was Kieran Hodgson, Helm Hill 51:26 and the first lady was Deborah Gowans, Accrington 1:01:24 , first for Otley as Rogan Ashton in 11th 58:16 followed in 16th by Richard Smith 58:57. Official results are available here and photos on the racing snakes site here.