One of the premier events in the fell racing calendar saw Matt John finish 12th in 2:29:06 out of 357 finishers after a run/walk/trot of 21.1km and 1,450 metres; or in old money just over 13 miles and 4,757 feet.
This year’s race clashed with the OAC fell running weekend and Richard Hamer reports: “It was a damp day generally after a week of dry weather, and when it started raining in the early afternoon the fell tops disappeared from view which wouldn’t have been nice for the tail-end of the field.
“Someone in our bunkhouse that evening had done the race and said he’d fallen over in mud eight times.”
The race was won by Rhys Findlay-Robinson (Dark Peak) in 2:16:00, with the third spot and MV45 going to Jim Davies (Borrowdale) who was only 30 seconds behind -proving age is no barrier (for some).
The first lady in 51st place was Judith Jepson (Dark Peak) in 2:44:16.
The course record for men of 1:55:03 has stood since 1977, while the ladies of 2:23:25 since 1992.