After watching Andrew do this last year I thought I might give it a go. It’s an AS 4 mile/1553ft up and down race with a bog in the middle.
Having looked at the registration form, I hadn’t realised it was the Yorkshire Championship race as well so it was a fairly high class field although last years’ winner, Ian Holmes wasn’t there.
The race starts straight into a climb through a couple of fields then up to Hag Dyke Scout Hostel and on to a rocky climb onto a very boggy bit to the summit, which was a bit misty-apparently fairly normal for this race.
After touching the summit cairn, a brilliant 2 mile descent follows that really takes it out of your legs as its so fast! I managed 146th so I wasn’t quite last! I was expecting to see David Fox running as he hasn’t missed this race since it started 11 years ago but he must’ve opted out this year. Shane Ewen (57th) was Otley’s 1st runner, having a great run in 40.22 and I followed at the rear in 51.48. This years winner was Ben Mounsey from CVFR and 1st lady (as ever) was current ladies course record holder, English champ and joint British champ (phew) Victoria Wilkinson from Bingley Harriers, breaking her own record by 8 secs in 34.29.
Full results here: