Report from the hon. handicapper:
Another Autumn relay, this time on the fells surrounding the lakeland village of Patterdale. Otley first entered a team in this one back in 2003 and have completed a team every year since. Such is the popularity of the event and the limited number of entries it’s pretty much impossible for new teams to enter now, so hopefully our involvement will continue for a few more years to come.
The experienced hon. handicapper paired up with the novice fell runner Fast Frank for the mainly uphill second leg, covering the summit of High Street and Caudale Moor before the steep descent to Kirkstone Pass and were pleased to pass 20+ teams en-route, recording a time of 1:17:42.
Next on Leg 3 were the two Laura’s Martin & Clark. This leg starts with a super hard climb up the aptly named Red Screes, followed by some tricky navigation when the mist is down and it was, to the checkpoint near Dove Crag and one easily made error can add several minutes and unfortunately so it proved. Despite all of this they were pleased to beat the leg 4 cut-off point in a time of 1:33:14.
The Laura’s handed on to Shane Ewen and Graham Lake for the trip back to Patterdale via Hart Crag, Fairfield, Coffa Pike and St Sunday Crag. With the mist still down on the first checkpoint, I’m sure they thought they were both in for a bit of an interesting run… but the waiting supporters at Patterdale were pleased to see them with wide smiles on their faces as they entered the playing fields pretty much in the time expected, 1:42:53.
The team finished 56th out of 70 & 6th out of 10 mixed teams, Borrowdale FR. were first again for the umpteenth time in a row with a time of 3 hrs 39 mins 59 secs. . See full results, splits & checkpoint timings on the sportident www here and Ian Hodgson relay details here and some good finish photos of Shane & Graham and and Borrowdale’s secret weapon, check out the pics of the first two teams, here .