Report from Shane Ewen: If I could invent any race it would involve cake. And beer. And fells; that goes without saying. This race is close to realising this dream: a 10 mile romp over the moors and hard trails of Diggle, Stanedge, Black Moss, & the Pennine Way, with visits to Black Moss, Swellands, Wessenden, Butterley & Redbrook reservoirs along the way (I love a reservoir ramble too), followed by as much cake as you can stuff in your face. Bliss!
The only downside was that I had left my legs in Horton after last weeks 3 Peaks. The route is all runnable and I’d stupidly worn Mudclaws when I could have got away with road shoes! Not to worry; this was an occasion to enjoy the Pennine moor’s watery landscape and stretch the legs a little – the cake eating was the main event & I met the challenge head on, demolishing 5 pieces before coming up for air. None of the prize winning marmite cake though – can’t stand the stuff. The vegan chocolate cake was surprisingly good.
I finished in 24th in 1:16:02. Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) won at a canter in 1:01:04 (not far off the CR) – his wife makes a great sponge cake too. First woman was Hayley Kuter (Salford) in 1:14:27 – she had a strong second half to the race.
Highly recommended to all those new to off- road running as well as those who like a cake or three (that’ll be everyone then).