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Saturday 11th April: Coledale horseshoe fell race


Report from shane:

Following an unexpected overnight snow fall, the Coledale horseshoe was switched to its emergency route, last run two years earlier. The revised route was just shy of 8 miles with 960 metres of elevation, including a maximum peak of 762m up Grisedale Pike. Four Otley ACer’s made the journey up to Braithwaite in the Lakes for this classic horseshoe route: in addition to myself, Jeremy Stewart, Steve Robinson and Tom Lynch were all running their first Cat A Lakeland race and all did wonderfully well. This was a fabulous route, with a long track climb up from the village, followed by a stiff final climb to the snow-capped summit of Grisedale Pike (apparently Grisedale means “pig valley” in Old Norse, but no porkers were in sight here). We then descended (I appallingly so, losing some 15-20 places easily, including to Jeremy who descended well – definitely missed my Mud Claws) a snowy, sludgy, grassy route down to Coledale Hause. The original route then climbs Eel Crag onto Crag Hill, but we were re-routed around the old disused mine and back up Outerside for a fantastic run back in along a rough old miner’s track (along the normal route). Despite blustery & snowy conditions on top of Grisedale, the weather was sunny and warm lower down, and I had to peel off extra layers on the run back in.

Jeremy was first home in 1.29.53 in 84th position. I followed closely behind in 1.30.26 (88th). Tom came home in 1.40.37 (154th), just pipping Steve in 1.41.39 (163rd).

The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot in an excellent gravity-defying time of 1.06.49; that fire-fighter training must work wonders for him!

An excellent feast followed with lots of frenzied talk about the route & a collective agreement to return for the full route.

Thanks to Steve for driving.

  1. #1 by Matt P on April 12, 2015 - 8:09 pm

    Welldone teram – good to see you waving the flag in the lakes,

  2. #2 by Andrew Robertshaw on April 13, 2015 - 5:22 pm

    Well done, 5 members doing fell races in the Lakes in one week, that must be a first! some good photos of the snow on Eel crag here: http://granddayoutphotography.co.uk/coledale-horseshoe-fell-race-saturday

  3. #3 by Antonio Cardinale on April 14, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    Thank you Andrew , the photos are beautiful indeed .Good report from Shane ,with a good performance in 1.30 in this fantastic fell race . Well done everyone.

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